Disabled People Should Have Chance To Engage

Speakers for meaningful engagement of persons with disabilities in national development to attain SDGs

Speakers at a seminar have suggested meaningful engagement of the people with disabilities in the national development to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

They said though the government is making changes in policies and programmes to attain the goals, still there are concerns such as inadequate budgetary allocations for lasting changes and unavailability of disaggregated data on disability.

The Disability Alliance on SDGs, Bangladesh, organised a seminar titled ‘SDGs and Disability: Bangladesh Perspective’ at CIRDAP auditorium in Dhaka on Thursday (Nov 16).

Abdul Matin Kashru MP, Convener of the Parliamentary Caucus on Disability, was present at the event as the chief guest. Professor Dr Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary) of General Economics Division under the Planning Commission, Quazi Rosy PM, Vice-president of Parliamentary Caucus on National Planning and Budget, and Sushanta Kumar Pramanik, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Social Welfare, attended it as special guests.

Representatives of organizations working for people with disabilities, local and international development experts, academics, NGOs and donor community participated in the seminar.

“Voluntary National Review 2017 on Sustainable Development – Issues and Concerns of Persons with Disabilities” prepared by the Disability Alliance on SDGs, Bangladesh was revealed at the seminar.

The concerns of persons with disabilities have been reflected in the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) document – 2030 Development Agenda. The issue has been mentioned 11 times in the document, including 7 mentions in 5 of the 17 goals.

The SDGs, targets and indicators have established the essence of leaving no one behind by calling for meaningfully engaging the vulnerable population in national and international development.


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