As the era of development ahead of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is almost over, the world is designing newer development objectives termed as Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Volunteers of United Nations Youth and Students Association of Bangladesh (UNYSAB) took up the challenge to disseminate this development idea to the far-flung regions of Bangladesh where social development is a crying need. They reached Kurigram district -- one of the least developed districts of North Bengal -- to introduce its youths to the post MDG scenarios for social development. With the title “Demonstration on post MDG framework and youth consultation”, ActionAid Bangladesh and UNYSAB initiated the dialogue of young minds on sustainable development.
The dialogue and demonstration session was segmented into three phases. In the first phase, participants discussed on present developmental scenarios in Bangladesh and how the youths have engaged in it. Then the dialogue moved on to youth leading achievements of MDGs in the country and its limitations. In the third phase, team-works under the title “Youth action for social change” gave the participants practical knowledge on SDGs and its challenges.
The youth consultation programme was coordinated by Mohammad Mamun Mia, from Democratic Budget Movement, Ishtiaq Arif from UNYSAB and Mohammad Mominul Islam from Youth Action for Social Change (YASC). Through this programme, young participants of Kurigram generated ideas on developing education system, youth employment, gender equity, youth entrepreneurship, development of rural transport and technologies, and many other issues essential for development. On the occasion, UNYSAB also launched its Kurigram wing to introduce leadership through volunteerism among the youths.
Md. Shahnawaz Khan Chandan is a member of UNYSAB.