Need inclusive approach to achieve SDG
The achievement of SDGs depends on the ability of local government to make the integrated, inclusive and sustainable development an actuality at the regional level, said speakers at an event yesterday.
Local government must be one of the prime institutions of the 2030 Agenda to fit them into the local context and help citizens understand how local action contributes to the achievement of the SDGs, they added.
Speakers said these at a regional consultation meeting on "Accelerating SDGs localization in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges". General Economics Division (GED), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organised the event at a hotel in Khulna city.
Speakers said Khulna has opportunities like tourism in the Sundarbans, shrimp cultivation, Mongla port, jute industry and rail connectivity with India. However, it has challenges like salinity, water crisis, siltation and lack of marketing of goods, which need to be addressed.
Dr Md Kawser Ahmed, member (secretary) at GED at Planning Commission, and Fakrul Ahsan, chief technical advisor at UNDP, were present.