In September 2015, heads of states and governments met at the UN (United Nation) headquarter in New York and agreed on a new generation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets to succeed the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and to guide global development over the next 15 years till 2030. Before the SDGs, the MDGs were the first ever global blueprint for fighting poverty on such scale. When the Millennium Declaration was adopted in September 2000, no one perhaps had any illusion that it would be managed and able to address global problems. Nevertheless, over time, MDGs have achieved notable progress in many global issues and also have given the hope to create a new world within existing means. That’s why the 2030 Agenda for SDGs has also offered a set of bold, ambitious and innovative package to transform the world. Therefore, the expectations around the goals are high. The experience with the MDGs implies that, Bangladesh has many reasons to feel excited about the promises that are beckoning us for another decade and a half. Download document [SDG and Country Process in Bangladesh_EquityBD Campaign Paper] as PDF
Illicit capital flow from Bangladesh has been one of the crucial issues both in the politics and socio economic sector of Bangladesh. Every year an enormous amount of money is being siphoned off to tax heaven countries illegally. As per latest report-2015 of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) an estimated of US$ 55.88 billion has illicitly been transferred from Bangladesh to foreign countries during the year from 2003 to 2014 which is roughly 1.5 times of the fiscal budget 2015-16 of Bangladesh. Every ear around US$6 billion has been transferred illicitly to other countries and Bangladesh became the 26th no country in the world in respect of illicit financial flow. The highest illicit financial flow has happened in 2013 which is BDT 776 billion ($9.7 billion) which is 12 times more than the foreign aid and 141% excess of foreign loan of FY2015-16.
CHS support group Bangladesh organized a seminar on February 11, 2016 at BRAC Inn in Dhaka after translating Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) in to Bangla within an inclusive and participatory process. CHS support Group is an informal group representing different humanitarian agencies, academia, sector expert individuals and others. In the seminar Judith Greenwood, Executive Director, CHS Alliance, Geneva expressed her gratitude all for the involvement of translation the standards in local language. She also appreciated that this will assist the grass root staff and affected beneficiaries for better understanding and implementation of the standards in their programs.
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Twenty civil society organizations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Pacific organized a seminar titled “Climate Forced Displacements: Rights and Obligations” on 5th December, 2015 at Le Burget, Paris, France. Participating in the discussion, speakers have emphasized on new global order and dedicated UN policy regime for climate induced displaced people. They have urged text in Paris Agreement following the content agreed under Cancun Adaptation Framework’s paragraph 14 sub paragraphs F. The seminar was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD and key note was presented by Ziaul Haque Mukta of CSRL and EquityBD. [Click here full report]
This policy paper has been written to support a global campaign to realize the rights of climate change induced forced migrants, who are incorrectly termed as ‘climate refugees’ or ‘environmentally displaced persons,. Equity and Justice Working Group, Bangladesh (EquityBD) launched this campaign calling global leaders to develop a new legal instrument under a Protocol to the UNFCCC to ensure social, cultural and economic rehabilitation of the ‘climate change induced forced migrants’ through recognizing them as ‘Universal Natural Persons’. Please download [English and Bangla]
This paper has reviewed critically and analyzed the existing situation and economical impact in Bangladesh’s economy due to implantation of donor driven PRSP. We believe that we should have sovereign power to design of our own development policy in considering the reality of country’s problem and perspectives.
In fact, implementation of SAP (structural adjustment program) failed to reach its goal of poverty reduction and created unemployment and economic disparity among the people of different social classes in many Asian and African poor countries, which made IMF bound to rethink on it. Thus, in 2000, International Monetary Fund and World Bank (IMF & WB) came forward with a new development prescription ‘the theory of continued economic growth’ for the poor & developing countries.
Supporting to this theory the WB Group argued that, achieving of continued economic growth is most effectual in poverty reduction for a country rather than adopting integrated development strategies.
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This policy discussion paper has been written based on the key elements of UNFCCC Climate Change Conference held in Bali, Indonesia, December 2007. This policy discussion paper critically reviewed the Bali climate negotiation; intended to provide an insight to the readers, especially developing country’s policy makers, negotiators, on the recent dimension of mitigating climate change impacts. This discussion paper tries to cancel out the concept of ‘climate commercialization’ on which Bali Climate talks eventually rounds, and justifies the urgency of the eduction of green house gases emissions that should be reflected in the post Kyoto global policy regime on climate change. It is expected that this policy iscussion paper will be a useful document for the developing country policy makers, environmental NGOs, CSOs in formulation policies and positions on sustainable development in the context of the climate change negotiation.
The Equity and Justice Working Group sincerely acknowledges the all-out assistance from the Jubilee South- Asia Pacific Movementt on Debt and Development (APMD) that sponsored our participation in the Bali Climate Conference. Equity and Justice Working Group encourages reproduction of all or part of this publication for educational and other non-commercial purposes with simple acknowledgement of the copy write holder.