Post 2015 Development Framework: People’s Rights and Participation
A public dialogue on `Post 2015 Development Framework: People’s Right and Participation’ has been held on 3 May 2014 at Bogra in the Municipality auditorium while it was attended by a large number of stakeholders including NGOs, civil society organizations, trade unions, women groups, rights organizations, youth, lawyers and cultural groups. Nurul Islam Omar, Member of Parliament attended the occasion as Chief Guest while Abdul Latif Mondal, President of Bangladesh Union Parishad Chairman Association presided over the meeting. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE and also the executive member of Beyond 2015, which is a global CSO platform working on the post 2015 development agenda was present as Key discussant in the program. It wa smoderated by KGM Faruque, executive director of PAVE-Bogra.
Speakers highlighted that the importance of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which was adopted in 2000 having eight goals as priority and halve the poverty by 2015 is still now indispensable to fulfill the commitments of the global leadership. Speakers stated that MDG is being reached to end in 2015. Despite good progress, many of the goals will not be fully met by 2015 while we need much more effort in terms of poverty alleviation hunger, preventable child and material deaths, and ensure all children have access to quality health, education, clean drinking water and sanitation services. And more importantly, there should be a stronger commitment by global leaders to reduce the gap between rich and poor and ensure justice for all. The discussant recommended that we must learn from the MDGs experience and take into account new evidence regarding what is needed to ensure sustained improvements in human prosperity through socially inclusive and sustainable development.
Nurul Islam Omar, Member of Parliament said that the process of developing this framework should be participatory, inclusive and responsive to unheard voices of those directly affected by poverty and injustice. For implementation of the framework accountability, universality and rule of law should be ensured.
Meanwhile, discussion has been started in different countries about post 2015 development framework under direct facilitation of the United Nations. Different socio-economic organizations, civil society movement have been conducted different researches for inclusion and poverty-friendly issues in the next framework.
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud told that major political parties and the government should come forward to realize the needs of the people and engage in policy actions accordingly to resolve the crisis like climate change vulnerability, food and power crisis, inequality and social discrimination. Participants argued that the government is too centralized and, local government should be given more power to make decisions and have more control over programs and projects with the communities and local stakeholders. Speakers stressed that we need a development framework that asserts the right to development and justice for all people over private profit.
Among others, Abu Haider Assistant Professor of Bogra Azizul Haque College, Samina Parveen, Deputy Director, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC), Kamrul Ahsan, General Secretary, Bangladesh Assistant Upazila Education Officers, Advocate Abdur Razzak, District President of Workers Party, Bogra, Khandakar Abdur Rahim, Former President of Bogra Press Club, Hasibur Rahman Bilu, Bureau Chief, Independent TV, Sharmina Rashid, Area Coordinator Proshika, Anwarul Islam, President Law Rights and Justice, Abdul Mojid, Principal Dhupchachia College, Abdul Khaleque, Executive Director, CDLS, Subrata Robidas, General Secretary, Indigenous Students Association, GM Parvej Darin, Campaigner, Amar Righs Campaign, Advocate Fakrul Ahsan, Convener, Iqtiar Uddin, Campaigner, Campaign for Good Governance spoke on the dialogue.