The first National Congress on Sustainable Development was held on Saturday, 19 January, 2013 at 10:00 am at Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) conference room in Dhaka, organized by Citizen’s Forum on Sustainable Development, a civil society forum to initiative strong voice from Bangladesh. The lead partners of the forum are Eminence and
The first National Congress on Sustainable Development was held on Saturday, 19 January, 2013 at 10:00 am at Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) conference room in Dhaka, organized by Citizen’s Forum on Sustainable Development, a civil society forum to initiative strong voice from Bangladesh. The lead partners of the forum are Eminence and Department of Development Studies (University of Dhaka). The forum seeks to facilitate global discourse on sustainable development goals and mobilize political support amongst the international policy actors - both state and non-state. The Congress was an initiative of Citizen’s Forum to assemble the energies of various CSOs – from grass root to national level – across the country and bring some coherence to them to facilitate local discourse on post-2015 development goals. The output of the congress was a draft position paper that the members of civil society have endorsed by signing it.
The objective of this first National Congress was to have insightful discussion on the “Position Statement On Sustainable Development As Post 2015 Development Agenda” proposed by the forum with the participation of different organizations including academicians, development researchers, representatives from national development organization and international donor organizations.
Chaired by Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) and Coordinator of Bangladesh Climate Change Negotiation Team the National Congress stimulated a vibrant discussion among the participants. The key note presentation was made by Dr Kazi Maruful Islam (Chairman of Eminence Executive Committee and Associate Professor, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka), where he presented the position paper and cited the activities and the collaborations the forum plans to do to feed voices and opinions of the civil society to the Government of Bangladesh, United Nation and other development partners. He also stated that the position on sustainable development as post 2015 development agenda through accentuating the broad 10 themes on which the forum is focused. Dr Maruf also listed out the future activities of the forum with special mention of the Global Meet on Sustainable Development 2013 which is to be held on June of this year.
In the Panel Discussion there were prominent members from the Civil Society such as Dr Shantana Halder (Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Comprehensive Disaster Management Program II), Ms Rokeya Kabir (Executive Director, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha), Dr Mahfuzul Haq (Former Secretary, Ministry of Labor and Employment and Adjunct Faculty Member of Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka), Mr. Palash Kanti Das (Assistant Country Director, UNDP), and Mr Asgar Ali Sabri (Director-PPC, Action Aid).
This forum would be the 3rd process in the country linking sustainable development to national agenda and will be aligned with the other two – namely the GoB’s initiative and UNDP’s initiative, by continuously analyzing, assessing and assisting the implementation process of post-2015 targets from a civil society platform.