About Conference

The world is at fourth year of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a vow to transform the world. Along with other 192 countries, Bangladesh has also joined this journey of realising the SDGs by 2030. At this phase of implementing this complex development agenda, it is necessary to track the progress and identifying challenges and opportunities.

Keeping this in view, the Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh will organise a day-long event titled Citizens Conclave: Four Years of SDGs in Bangladesh on Saturday 27 April 2019 in Dhaka.

The event will be organised before the meeting of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in 2019 which will be held during 9-18 July 2019 in New York. This year’s theme of the HLPF meeting is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. The set of the goals which will be reviewed are- Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10: Reduced Inequality, Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals. This year 51 countries have volunteered for presenting their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF. Unfortunately, Bangladesh is not one of them.

In this connection, the Citizen’s Platform will design and organise the event in line with the HLPF theme and goal relevance. The event will yield an outcome by analysing the state of progress of the specific aforementioned goals with an underlying objective to present it at the HLPF through a side-event.

Objectives and expected outcomes

The conference will be organised with three major objectives-

  1. Assessing the progress of the Goals in Bangladesh;
  2. Capturing the lessons learnt – best practices and challenges;
  3. Assessing the way forward for more effective delivery.


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