Health Desk: 24 January 2018: The government has approved the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Bangladesh aimed at tracking the implementation progress of SDGs in the country.
The M&E Framework for SDGs was approved at an inter-ministerial meeting titled “Finalization of Bangladesh’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” held at NEC Conference Room of Planning Commission in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The General Economics Division (GED), Planning Commission and Engaging with Institutions (EI), IP Project, UNDP Bangladesh have jointly organized the meeting, said a press release on Wednesday.
Chaired by Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal; Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), GED, Planning Commission; Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator for SDGs Affairs at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and secretaries from different ministries were present at the meeting.
Mentioning the Prime Minister’s political commitment in implementing the SDGs, the Planning Minister said Bangladesh will engage all required resources en route to attaining global goals, SDGs.
He also said that the first report on progress monitoring of SDGs in Bangladesh will be prepared soon based on this framework.
While making a presentation on SDGs M&E Framework for Bangladesh, Dr. Shamsul Alam, said presently, data for 64 indicators are readily available; data for 58 indicators are partially available, while data on 110 indicators is not available in the context of Bangladesh.”
Abul Kalam Azad laid emphasis on the generation of administrative data. He said, “All ministries have to work in collaboration with Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) for generation and validation of data for SDGs monitoring”.