Roadmap for the Left Behind
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for a bold and ambitious global roadmap to get the world back on track for the SDGs so that no one is left behind, as the pandemic has pushed many countries away from the goals.
“We have already entered the Decade of Implementation and Action of the Agenda. Yet the goals seem to be far away for many countries… the pandemic has pushed them even further. We need to define a bold and ambitious global roadmap to get us back on track for the SDGs, ”she said.
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The Prime Minister was addressing the 9th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development on Monday.
Earth Institute, Columbia University, Global Masters of Development Practice and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network hosted the event.
Hasina said no country can achieve the SDGs alone. “We need stronger global collaboration and solidarity to move this agenda forward.”
To roll back countries that are far behind on the path to achieving the SDGs at the right time, Hasina put forward a five-point proposal in this regard.
The proposals are: Guarantee vaccines for everyone, everywhere, close the huge resource gap in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, focusing on job creation, social protection, women’s empowerment and science , technology and innovation to face the impacts of the pandemic, make Covid-19 stimulus measures complementary to climate actions and focused on an improved monitoring and support mechanism for the implementation of the SDGs.
Hasina said the UN should have stepped up coordination in this regard. “It is also imperative to ensure that there are adequate and timely support measures to withstand emergencies and shocks in order to avoid any backtracking.”
She said stepping up preparedness for the pandemic and other emergencies should be a priority at all levels as the pandemic has shaken the whole world, claiming countless deaths and wreaking havoc on resources. subsistence.
The Prime Minister also mentioned that Bangladesh’s achievements in the MDGs were very important and that they were recognized by the international community as a “miracle of development”. “Our journey to the SDGs builds on the successes of the MDGs. “
On climate change, she said that Bangladesh is pioneering efforts to adapt and mitigate climate change and recently submitted an ambitious and updated NDC.
According to the 2021 Sustainability Report published by the University of Cambridge, Bangladesh is the one that has improved the most on the SDG index since 2015.
She said the government has undertaken a coordinated effort involving government, private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to ensure “the engagement of the whole of society”.
SDG PROGRESS AWARD
On Monday, Hasina received the “SDGs Progress Award” in recognition of Bangladesh’s achievements in sustainable development from 2015 to 2020.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and other organizations, including the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, jointly presented the award.
Hasina accepted the award at the 9th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD). She dedicated the award to the people of Bangladesh.
The PM also extended her sincere thanks to ICSD for honoring the people of Bangladesh with the award.
MEETING ON WOMEN LEADERS
Addressing the high-level meeting on women leaders yesterday, Hasina said the world must act urgently to stop the decline in hard-won women’s empowerment due to the pandemic.
“Our hard-earned progress is in danger of being set back. We must act urgently to stop this. For this we must put women at the forefront and at the center of the recovery of Covid,” she said at the meeting. of the United Nations Headquarters Trusteeship Council. .
She highlighted three points – the location of the Gender Equality Advisory Council, the promotion of women-led organizations and the convening of a leaders’ summit to strengthen the common agenda for gender equality – to to put women’s progress back on track.
During the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, the Prime Minister pledged to increase the participation of women in the labor market to 50/50 by 2041.. I maintain these commitments, ”she said.
SESSION OF THE AGNU
Yesterday, Hasina attended the opening session of the High-Level General Debate of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The UNGA general debate will continue until September 27 with the participation of heads of state and government from around the world.
Hasina will deliver her speech at the high-level general debate on Friday.
PM PLANTS TREE
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Monday planted a honey acacia, unveiled a bench in the UN gardens and dedicated them to the father of the Bangabandhu nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his centenary.
She planted the deciduous tree on the north lawn of the UN headquarters in the morning (local time).
The Prime Minister arrived in New York on Sunday to join the UNGA for the 18th time as head of government of Bangladesh.