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'PM's priority programmes closely related to SDGs'

DHAKA, March 20, 2017 (BSS) - Speakers at a workshop today said Prime Minister's priority programmes are closely related to achieving the targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

All should extend their cooperation in implementing PM's major programmes for achieving the targets of SDGs as the country has achieved most targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they told the workshop in the conference room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy here.

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) organized the workshop on "The role of media in the implementation of 10 special programmes of Prime Minister."

Chief coordinator of SDGs Md Abul Kalam Azad, additional secretary of the Information Ministry Md Manzurur Rahman, Chief News Editor of BSS Anisur Rahman and BSS Chief Reporter Md Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury, among others, addressed the workshop with BSS Managing Director and Chief Editor Abul Kalam Azad in the chair.

While making his presentation on 17 goals of SDG, Md Abul Kalam Azad said, "These major ten initiatives of Prime Minister are closely linked to the all 17 targets of SDG. Bangladesh will make a good progress in achieving SDG target by 2030, if these programmmes are implemented successfully".

Unlike MDGs, the SDGs are country specific goal, which were designed by taking suggestions from all countries, he said adding every country has to take initiatives considering own capacity and other socio-economic conditions.

The SDG chief coordinator said the United Nations (UN) declared 17 SDG goals with 169 associated targets, which will guide the international development agenda over the next 15 years.

Md Azad, former principal secretary to the Prime Minister, said alongside government initiatives, private sector must be involved in the efforts to achieve the target of SDGs by 2030.

The BSS Managing Director and Chief Editor said Bangladesh has made good progress in different fields of development as the government is successfully implementing various effective programmes.

Journalists of both print and electronic media could play an important role in the development of the country projecting successes of the government through their reports, he added.

Highlighting various programmes of Prime Minister, Manzurur Rahman said 10 special programmes have been identified to supplement the efforts of achieving SDG target.

Prime Minister's ten special programmes are Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar, ashrayan, digital Bangladesh, Shikkha Sahayata programme, women empowerment, social safety-net programme, ghore ghore bidyut (electricity for all), community clinic and child development, paribesh surakkha, and biniyog bikash.

A total of 40 journalists from both print and electronic media took part in the workshop.