NEW York is buzzing with hype and hope, as world leaders are about to gather there from September 25-27 to ratify another set of development goals for the next fifteen years. The journey of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ends this year and that of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) begins from next year for the period of 2016-2030. On the eve of 70th anniversary of the UN, heads of states will formally adopt a new development framework- “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in short Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an expectation ‘No One Living Behind’.
In the helm of entire plethora of hope and aspiration Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO) the leading nationwide platform on Governance campaign has started countrywide awareness raising, discussion and consultation meeting with cross section of peoples especially at the grassroots level on Sustainable Development Goals and reflections on current 7 Five Year Plan. Based on recommendations from the grassroots (43 Districts out of 45) SUPRO has organized a Dialogue with Media at National Press Club, Dhaka in order to bring greater attention of global and state leaders on the proper planning and implementation of SDGs both at global, regional and national level wlth inclusive participation of duty bearers, right holders and other relavant stakeholders by ensuring transparent and ve, accountable mechanism at all levels.
SUPRO organized its National Post- Budget Discussion Meeting 2015 on 14th June 2015 at the conference room of the ministers' hostel in the national parliament. SUPRO prepared the recommendations after organizing Budget Reaction in 45 districts across the country. Mr. Ahmed Swapan Mahmud moderated the Discussion while Alison Subrata Baroi gave welcome speech. State Minister for Finance and Planning Ministry Mr. M A Mannan attended the discussion meeting as the chief guest and Mr. Mir Shawkat Ali Badshah MP, Mr. Nazmul Haque Pradhan MP, Begum Sanjida Khanam MP, Mr. Rustom Ali Forayji MP, Mst. Salina Jahan Lita MP, Mst. Navana Akter MP were the respected special guests. In addition Mr. Golam Moazzem Additional Research Director of CPD (Centre for Policy Dialogue) was present as the key discussant.
Ms. Shakera Nahar, Campaign Coordinator of SUPRO presents the position paper of SUPRO. Forty Five District Secretary and Policy Leaders of SUPRO added their grassroots voices and concerns to the event. Among others, University Teachers, Researchers, Development Partners, Students and Media Personnel were the valued discussants. Almost 75 participants grace the event.
Thousands of migrant people are now in danger in the ocean and staying in the penal camps with brutal, unsafe and danger condition. Many of them facing serious threats of their lives and livelihood killed themselves and committing suicide in the ocean. Most of the ill-fated people are from Bangladesh and Myanmar. We sadly noticed that Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar did not show any urgent response to rescue them and provide shelter them. They ignored even the call for help by the international community including United Nations. Now thousands of people are floating upon the ocean and nobody is there to save them to serve any humanitarian assistance.
It is important to take strong measure to stop human trafficking but it is much more important to address humiliation and mass killing of these migrant people including women and children as it is a question of violation of right to life. Recently 139 mass graves were found in Thailand and Myanmar which is a brutal crime against humanity. Numerous penal camps were indentified where people are treated inhumanly in a form of slavery which is the clear violation of International Human Rights Charter, CEDAW, Child Right Charter etc. Are they Bangali or Rohingyas, mere a question? The most important thing is they are human, thus never be treated as a slave. SUPRO strongly condemns for all forms of violation of human rights.