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Press coverage of English newspapers on `Post 2015 Development Framework’ organized by VOICE


By farjana - Posted on 26 May 2014

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Post-MDG framework, Experts for addressing growing rich-poor gap

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire by 2015, experts in Bangladesh have laid emphasis on addressing the growing inequality between the poor and the rich in the post-2015 framework.

The MDGs were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000 to achieve eight goals by 2015.

While setting the MDGs, global problems prevailing at that time were considered and eight goals such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education,  promoting gender equality and empowering  women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases,  ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development were taken up.

The experts here now feel some key challenges were not reflected in the MDGs such as ensuring inclusive growth and employment creation, tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development.

Meanwhile, as part of contributions to the global dialogue on the post -2015 agenda, based on Bangladesh's experience, a total of 13 goals have been formulated, with suggested targets and indicators.

Among those, Goal no 1 suggests securing economic growth that is inclusive, reducing poverty and inequality, and creating sufficient numbers of decent jobs.

Goal 2 speaks of ensuring sustainable food security and good nutrition, goal 3 includes reducing social inequality, particularly among marginalized groups and improving living condition, goal no 4 suggests achieving equality between women and men.

The Chairman of the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSP), Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, said, "The developed countries since 2010-2012 are talking about compensation for climate change, amounting to $ 30 million but they have not paid it yet."

He also noted that to reach the MDGs people belonging to disadvantaged communities such as dalit, tea garden and Haor workers and marginal farmers should be integrated with the mainstream development. 

Referring to the present allocation in the budget, he said that only an amount of TK.14 crore has been allocated for about 65 lakh dalit people across the country.

Emphasizing structural causes that create poverty and inequality, Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, emphasized creation of employment and ensuring justice for all in the post- 2015 development framework. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director of the Voice, a rights based organization, said remarkable progress has been made in some of the MDGs, particularly in the areas of poverty reduction, gender parity in education, maternal mortality, child mortality and combating HIV/AIDS and other major diseases.

"However, much remains to be addressed in the areas of nutrition, maternal health, environmental sustainability and growing inequalities based on geography, groups, particularly gender," he added.

A.S.M Badrul Alam, President of Bangladsh Krishak Federation, laid stress on small scale and agro- ecological farming. 

Md Aminur Rasul Babul, member secretary of the Unnayan Dhara Trust, said that post -2015 development agenda may be set internationally but local issues must be addressed by political leadership respecting human rights framework and Constitutional obligations

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Reduce disparity to meet MDGs, speakers say 
Still most of the people are living under the extreme poverty although the target for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set for 2015

  It is a must to reduce the growing disparity between rich and poor people of the country and also among the countries as it has been appeared as a huge challenge, which needs to be addressed properly under a new framework initiated by the United Nations, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

They said still most of the people are living under the extreme poverty although the target for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set for 2015, aiming to halve the poverty on top of the goals.

The speakers were addressing a national seminar styled “Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’’ held yesterday at the National Press Club in the city. 

VOICE, a right-based organisation, arranged the seminar presided over by Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF).

Despite remarkable progress in achieving MDGs, a good number of the goals will not be fully attained by 2015. That’s why we need more efforts for poverty alleviation,
preventing child and maternal mortality, ensuring children’s access to good health, education, pure drinking water, sanitation and sustainable environment.

Dr. Kazi Khaliquzzaman noted that that having a remarkable success to achieve MDG goals, Bangladesh still needs to make sincere efforts to meet its development needs. 

The post-2015 development agenda should ensure inclusive and equitable economic growth while it needs more attention to reduce the poverty level and inequality, particularly among the marginalised groups and improve living conditions, he added.

The meeting was addressed, among others, by Rustom Ali Foraji, MP, Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, executive director of Unnayan Onneshan, and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE while Farjana Akter, coordinator of VOICE presented a key note paper. 

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  3.      Programmes to reduce inequality sought in post-'15 dev agenda

Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Chairman Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman emphasised the  need for programmes in the Post 2015 Development Agenda to reduce inequality.

"The Post 2015 Development Agenda should ensure inclusive and equitable economic growth while it needs attention to reduce poverty and inequality particularly among marginalised groups and improve living conditions," he said while speaking at a seminar.

VOICE, a rights-based organisation, organised the seminar on 'Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework' at the National Press Club.

A large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organisations, trade unions, women groups, rights organisations and students attended the seminar.

The seminar was presided over by Dr. Qazi Kholiquzzaman, while Rustom Ali Foraji MP, executive director of Unnayan Onneshan Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE, spoke among others.

Farjana Akter, coordinator of VOICE, presented the key-note paper.

Qazi Kholiquzzaman said despite making a remarkable success in achieving MDG goals, Bangladesh still needed to make sincere efforts to meet its development needs.

He highlighted the responsive roles of the leadership of developed countries in terms of climate financing and climate change mitigation.

He called for equal participation and representation of people including the marginalised and most disadvantaged in the decision-making process. He asked  political leaders to ensure democratic governance.

Rustom Ali Foraji said the political hierarchy must be an end and the leaders should look into the struggle of people and pleaded for realising the needs of people.

He said political will was a must while development framework must be prioritised based on the country's needs and demands rather than on having imposed one.

He sought inclusive participation in implementing development agenda.

He said the Post 2015 Development Agenda might be set internationally but local issues must be addressed by the political leadership respecting human rights and Constitutional obligations.

Ahmed Swapan Mahmud said corporate-based development strategy could not be an option to reduce poverty and financing development.

He urged global leaders to comply with their commitments made in the MDGs, in particular, providing 0.7 per cent of gross national product of the rich countries that they didn't meet. The new development model should focus on a transformative change that encourages creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustained equitable growth and development.

Speakers said the majority of people were living in extreme poverty though Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were being reached in 2015.

Emphasising structural causes that create poverty and inequality, Dr. Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir said the present development models failed to provide justice and equality. Rather these have increased disparity among people and countries which must go for a fairer world. Criticising MDGs, he called for creating employment opportunities and ensure justice for all.

In the key note presentation, Farjana Akter focussed on demands from the civil society perspective drawing attention to respect human rights charter, reduce inequality and environmental degradation and ensure peace and security and justice for all in the new development framework.

Among others, Badrul Alam, Chairperson of Farmers' Federation, Tahrima Khan, Aminur Rasul and Rifat S. Khan also spoke at the seminar.

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Achieving MDGs, Thrust on concerted efforts to halve poverty Goals may not be fully met by 2015, fear analysts

   A majority of the people are living in extreme poverty, though the tenure of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is going to expire in 2015, which aim to halve the poverty by that time, speakers at a seminar in Dhaka have pointed out.

Despite a remarkable progress, they said, many of the goals will not be fully met by 2015.
They laid emphasis on more concerted efforts to alleviate poverty and hunger, prevent child and material deaths, and to ensure that all children have access to quality health, education, clean drinking water and sanitation services and sustainable environment.
The seminar on `Post-2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights-based Development Framework' was organized by VOICE, a rights organization, and Beyond 2015 at the National Press Club on Saturday.

A large number of stakeholders, including NGOs, academics, civil society organizations, trade unions, women's groups, rights organizations and students attended the seminar, chaired by eminent economist Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman.

The speakers also indicated that the growing inequality between the rich and the poor and among countries emerged as a huge challenge that must be properly addressed in new framework that the United Nations initiated and member states are engaged.
They called for a sustainable agenda for the world based on equality and redistributive justice for all.

Dr  Kholiquzzaman said, "Having a remarkable success in achieving MDGs, Bangladesh still needs to make sincere efforts to meet its development needs."
He said that the post-2015 development agenda should ensure inclusive and equitable economic growth while it needs attention to reduce poverty and inequality, particularly among marginalized groups, and improve living conditions.
He emphasised responsive roles of the leadership of developed countries in terms of climate financing and climate change mitigation.

Kholiquzzaman called for equal participation and representation of people, including the marginalized and the most disadvantaged, in the decision-making process and urged leaders to ensure democratic governance.

Rustom Ali Faraji MP suggested the leaders should look into the struggle of people and realize their needs.

He stressed inclusiveness in implementing development agenda. He said, "Post-2015 development agenda may set internationally but local issues must be addressed by political leadership respecting human rights framework and constitutional obligations."
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud stated that corporate development strategy cannot be an option to reduce poverty and finance development.

 He demanded that global leaders must comply with their commitments made in the MDGs, in particular, providing 0.7 per cent of the gross national product of the rich countries that they did not meet up. #post2015developmentframework

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‘Reduce inequality in Post-2015 Development Framework’

A national seminar on ‘Post 2015 Development Agenda: Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework’ was held at National Press Club in the city on Saturday.

A large number of stakeholders including NGOs, academicians, civil society organisations, trade unions, women groups, rights organisations and students, attended the programme.

VOICE, a rights-based organisation, and Beyond 2015, arranged the seminar, with eminent economist Dr Kazi Kholiquzzaman in the chair.

Farjana Akter, coordinator of VOICE, presented the keynote paper at the programme.

Speakers said the majority of people are still living in extreme poverty although the deadline for the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) regarding poverty reduction is going to expire soon.

Despite a remarkable progress, many of the goals will not be fully met by 2015. It needs much effort to reduce poverty, hunger, child and material deaths, and ensure health, education, clean drinking water and sanitation.

Rustom Ali Foraji, lawmaker, Dr Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir, executive director of Unnayan Onneshan, and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, executive director of VOICE, Badrul Alam, chairperson of Farmers Federation, Tahrima Khan, Aminur Rasul and Rifat S Khan also spoke, among others, at the seminar.

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6. PKSF Chairman Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed speaking at a meeting

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PKSF Chairman Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed speaking at a meeting on 'Post 2015 Development Agenda Towards a Transformative and Rights Based Development Framework' at the National Press Club's VIP lounge on Saturday organised by Voice for Instructive Choice of Empowerment. PHOTO: OBSERVER
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