Poor progress on SDG 17 threatens all achievements: SANEM

SANEM SDG Centre held its second workshop here on Saturday observing that slow progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 threatens the achievements in all goals.

SDG 17 stresses strengthening the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development, reports UNB.

“Our own resources are the most crucial, but we need expertise and financial support from abroad as well,” said South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) research economist Zubayer Hossen.

The workshop had three sessions, conducted sequentially by Zubayer Hossen, Prof of University of Dhaka and Executive Director SANEM Dr Selim Raihan and Prof of University of Dhaka and Chairman, SANEM Dr Bazlul Haque Khondker, said a media release.

The first session titled “Setting the Priorities for Achieving SDGs in Bangladesh” began with a presentation from Zubayer.

He identified some of the goals need to be prioritised to progress and discussed some policy implications about how these goals can be prioritised, which include multi-stakeholders partnership, policy integration and resource mobilisation.

The second session on “Institutional Challenges in Implementing SDGs in Bangladesh” was conducted by Dr Selim Raihan.

“Bangladesh’s tax-GDP ratio of social safety, health and education has declined over the years. This shows how ineffective government machineries are in terms of reaching the SDGs,” he said.

The third and last session of the workshop titled “Revisiting the SDGs Financing Framework for Bangladesh” was conducted by Dr Bazlul Haque Khondker.

“Investment is a necessary condition for realising the SDGs, but not a sufficient one,” he said discussing the SDG Financing Strategy report done by SANEM.


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