A four-day international summit on sustainable development will start on Saturday to find ways to attain development goals more comprehensively.
The event will bring together the participants to explore approaches to be adopted by developing countries to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) and confront new and emerging constraints, said Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation.
Ahmad spoke at a conference on Bangladesh Summit on Sustainable Development 2014 at the National Press Club yesterday.
The summit will serve as a platform for civil society members, key government figures, donors, the academia and researchers to share and justify their views on a post-2015 sustainable development agendas and policy framework, he said.
The conference will be organised by Eminence, a non-profit organisation. Global Citizen's Forum on Sustainable Development will host the summit.
The citizen's forum is an open and inclusive forum for people to engage with and commit to the challenges of building a sustainable future for all.
A total of 26 international and national NGOs including the United Nations development agencies will participate in the fair at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate building of Dhaka University.
The headline for the summit -- Mission for 100 Years -- posits that sustainable development goals and agendas must be forward-thinking and long-term, Ahmad said.
The conference will revolve around the themes of human development -- access to water and sanitation, sustainable agriculture, quality education, sustainable livelihood, gender equality and women's empowerment, sustainable land and ecosystem management, climate change and sustainable energy, said Shamim Hayder Talukder, founder and chief executive officer of Eminence.
The outcomes of the summit are to identify the scope of mainstreaming SDGs in national and international development agendas, he added.