‘SUPRO’ organized a National Dialogue on 23rd December, 2018 in CIRDAP auditorium on Progressive taxation to reduce inequality. Dr. Atiur Rahman, Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank was present as chief guest. Mr. SM Monjur Rashid, Policy Advocacy Campaign and Communication Manager OXFAM in Bangladesh and eminent writer & researcher of taxation Mr. Shahjahan Siddiqui were present as special guests. In this event members and representatives of different civil society organizations, donors & development organizations, SUPRO national committee members, District committee members, representatives of different anti-tobacco alliances and journalists & media personalities were present at the occasion.
The Inception program on ‘Efforts for divestment of Government shares in British American Tobacco involving CSOs and Citizen Groups’ was held on December 9, 2018 with the cooperation of CTFK and Bloomberg initiatives implemented by ‘SUPRO’ at CBCB auditorium, Mohammadpur, Dhaka. In this event SUPRO National council, Campaign for tobacco free kids, different anti tobacco alliance, development organizations, CSOs and journalists were present and proclaimed solidarity to make tobacco free Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Government signed FCTC in 2003 later enacted the first Tobacco Control act in 2005. The project has started its journey through this Inception Program as a part of the implementation of the declaration of ‘Tobacco free Bangladesh within 2040’ by Prime Minister Seikh Hasina at South Asian Speakers summit in 31st January 2016 in Dhaka. At the same time this is the part of the implementation of the objectives 3(health), 11(safe city and communities) and 16 (live in peace) of the Sustainable development goals 2030. SUPRO has undertaken the project to make tobacco free Bangladesh by its nationwide networking efforts.
SUPRO has organized a Press Conference “LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND: DEMAND EQUALITY FOR ALL” on the eve of 3rd year anniversary SDGs (Sustainable Development Goal) promulgation in 2015 at DRU Auditorium. SUPROs Vice Chairperson Manju Rani Pramanik has chaired the press conference. SUPRO’s General Secretary M A Quader has read out the keynote paper. SUPROs national Council member Ahmed Swapan Mahmud has moderated the press conference.
SUPRO thinks, 2030 Aenda is such plans that will enhance world peace, prosperity of all peoples across the globe along with reduce hunger and all types of disparity. Hard core poverty is the main challenges of the world now and it is precondition of sustainable development.
Speakers also said in the press conference that Bangladesh is an advancing country with economic progress and prosperity in the marginal situation of global economy. To implement SDGs effectively it needs priority setting, policy formulation, fund raising, evaluation of the progress and government has the key responsibility to monitor these issues.