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Achieving MDGs, Thrust on concerted efforts to halve poverty Goals may not be fully met by 2015, fear analysts
Staff Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-05-25,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 439
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.

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