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ED: In the right direction

  • Published at 06:19 pm July 5th, 2020
SDGs

It is absolutely imperative that the authorities concerned continue to work towards fulfilling the SDGs

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought nothing but bad news to the country in 2020, and in these times, any signs of positive news and progress for Bangladesh is more than welcome.

To that end, Bangladesh moving up seven notches -- ranking 109th out of 166 countries -- in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Index 2020 is certain very welcome news, and it gives reason to be hopeful for the future.

Fulfilling the SDGs has, of course, been a major talking point for the current government, and doing so will certainly be a major victory for Bangladesh as it continues to move up and climb the development ladder.

The SDGs, which are to be met by 2030, were designed, above all, to help nations develop in a holistic and sustainable manner, keeping in mind the most vulnerable populations in countries and the effects of climate change. 

For a country such as ours, which has such a large marginalized population, not to mention our susceptibility to the threat of climate change, the SDGs are rightfully such a priority for us.

Indeed, with middle-income status knocking at our doors, and with extremely ambitious aspirations in the near future, fulfilment of the SDGs is a big step towards realizing these aspirations and ambitions.

Therefore, while we appear to be going in the right direction when it comes to the fulfilment of the SDGs, there is little doubt that we have much work that needs to be done.

There is no scope to be complacent, and with the pandemic giving rise to a host of new challenges, it is absolutely imperative that the authorities concerned continue to work towards fulfilling the SDGs, and create a more equitable Bangladesh.