Bangladesh has multiple problems—social, environmental and economic—which were creating obstacles to achieving sustainable development goals of the country, speakers said at a conference.
It was necessary to bring all the stakeholders under a common platform in order to highlight the unaddressed urban issues, they suggested.
They also urged to take steps to enhance basic living conditions of the poor to have immediate access to basic needs in an effective and coordinated manner.
They came with the observations while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a two-day ‘Fifth Urban Dialogue 2017’ titled ‘Inclusive and Resilient Cities’ that began at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University on Wednesday.
Urban INGO Forum Bangladesh, Dhaka North City Corporation and Disaster Science and Management Department of Dhaka University jointly organised the conference.
Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh’s National Director John Armstrong, Oxfam Bangladesh country director MB Akhter, Concern Worldwide country director AKM Musha, Christian Aid country director Shakeb Nabi and Secretary of Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, among others, also addressed the conference.
Chairman of Disaster Science and Management Dept of Dhaka University professor Maksud Kamal presented the keynote paper at the conference.