RAJSHAHI, Jan 26, 2019 : State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, has called for reaching the messages of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to grassroots level for achieving those successfully by 2030.
He said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has adopted diversified steps to attain the goals and all the district and upazila level government officials and public representatives should discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty to supplement the government efforts.
The state minister was addressing the inaugural session of a daylong
divisional level workshop titled “SDGs Achievement in Local Level” at conference hall of Deputy Commissioner in Rajshahi today as chief guest.
Governance Innovation Unit of Prime Minister’s Office organized the workshop in association with Divisional Commissioner’s office. More than 110 district and upazila level officials and others concerned from all eight districts under Rajshahi division joined the workshop.
Shahriar Alam underscored the need for capacity development of the local people through the best uses of local resources so that they can contribute to achieving the SDGs.
“We have advantages in some sectors to achieve the goals than many other countries,” he mentioned referring to the global aspects.
Chief Coordinator (SDG) of Prime Minister’s office Abul Kalam Azad, Agriculture Secretary Md Nasiruzzaman, Chairman of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury and Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Hafiz Akter addressed the session as special guests with Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman in the chair.
State Minister Shahriar Alam mentioned that partnership and collaboration among concerned entities could also make easier to extract resources needed for achieving the SDGs.
To this end, sustainable coordinated efforts are the demand of the time. In his speech, Abul Kalam Azad said the government has taken a number of initiatives for achieving the SDGs, hoping the government would be successful in achieving the targets as the country already achieved the MDGs.
He urged government officials to focus on crops, livestock, forestry,
fisheries and aquaculture as those are powerful phenomenon to reduce poverty and hunger.
To this end, personal commitment is very important to implement SDGs.
“If we are committed to our own responsibility, SDGs could be achieved,” he added.