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Use of nuke energy to ensure sustainable development urged

While countries all over the world are committed to cut down their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Paris Agreement goal, nuclear experts gathered at the 11th edition of the international atomic energy forum- Atomexpo 2019, held in Sochi, Russia expressed their opinion in favour of atomic energy, as an imperative for sustainability of growth. Organised by Rosatom, state nuclear ... Read More »

IFPRI launches global food policy report

Dhaka, April 18 – The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an international agricultural research centre, on Thursday launched ‘global food policy report 2019’ that highlights Bangladesh as one of South Asia’s leaders in improving rural development indicators and food and nutrition security. The report also pointed out that the need to close persistent rural-urban development gaps by continuing to ... Read More »

Solar irrigation infuses new dimension to Barind agriculture

Solar pump irrigation has brought a new dimension in agriculture in the drought-prone Barind tract benefiting its people in many ways. “Solar power irrigation is not only contributing to lessening pressure on fossil fuel driven power supply but also reducing the gradually mounting pressure on groundwater” said Dev Dulal Dhali, Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE). ore than ... Read More »

Smart cities hold key to sustainable development

BANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 3 2019 (IPS) – Asia and the Pacific’s phenomenal development has been a story of rapid urbanization. As centres of innovation, entrepreneurship and opportunity, cities have drawn talent from across our region and driven economic growth which has transformed our societies. In southeast Asia alone, cities generate 65 percent of the region’s GDP. Yet the ongoing scale of ... Read More »

SDGs ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity’

Unless the world faces its “social, economic and environmental challenges head-on”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will not be met. Addressing the final plenary of the UN Youth Forum on Tuesday, he warned that “the once-in-a-generation opportunity we have to end poverty and bring lasting prosperity for all on a healthy planet, ... Read More »

Dirgha Bridge opens in Pirojpur

The long-awaited 360-meter long Dirgha Bridge over Taltala River on the Pirojpur-Nesarabad road in Najirpur upazila of the district opened recently. Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) constructed the bridge, including approaching road of both sides at a cost of Taka 32 crore, said Susanta Ranjan Roy, executive engineer of LGED, Pirojpur. The long standing communication problem of the region ... Read More »

NESCO to implement Tk 1091-cr mega project in Rajshahi division

Northern Electric Supply Company (NESCO) Limited is going to implement a mega project aims at enhancing the power production capacity to meet the growing demand of power in the region. Besides attaining the ultimate goal of creating regional balance in power production. Project Director (PD) Mokhlesur Rahman here told BSS that the four and half year project titled “Rajshahi Division ... Read More »

David Malpass 13th President of World Bank Group

Washington, April 5 – The Executive Directors of the World Bank today unanimously selected David R. Malpass as President of the World Bank Group for a five-year term beginning on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Board expressed its deep gratitude to Interim President Kristalina Georgieva for her dedication and leadership in recent months. The Executive Directors followed the selection process ... Read More »

SDGs: Ambitions are affordable for Asia and the Pacific

BANGKOK, Thailand, Apr 4 2019 (IPS) – Three years of implementation of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific shows the region has some catching up to do. Despite much progress, the region is not on track to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are ... Read More »

SDGs and Bangladesh: Progress, challenges, missing links

‘Despite various challenges Bangladesh is on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goals’, a recent government report claims. The report titled Sustainable Development Goals: Bangladesh Progress Report 2018 says, Bangladesh is performing well in various aspects including poverty reduction, gender equality, electricity, sanitation and annual GDP growth. The first three SDGs pertain to ending poverty, hunger and improving public health and ... Read More »

Rising inequalities in Asia-Pacific a major obstacle to progress

BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) – 2019 will be a defining year for the 2030 Agenda; and the regional forums will pave the way for our first stocktaking on the SDGs in the General Assembly in September. Asia-Pacific is a region like no other. This is an incredibly diverse group of countries. From large economies to the small island states. ... Read More »

Bridging the gaps for the disabled

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 2019 (IPS) – People with disabilities are being left behind, and steps must be taken to ensure their inclusion in the world of education and work. Approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, or an estimated one billion people, live with disabilities. But neglect, discrimination, and abuse are still all too common among disabled youth, leaving them ... Read More »

Safe menstrual practices important for progress

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 2019 (IPS) – As menstruation continues to be shamed in many communities, one organisation is rising up to the challenge to ensure “safe menstruation for all women of Bangladesh.” Half of the approximately four billion women around the world are of reproductive age. For these women and girls, menstruation is a natural monthly reality. However, a lack ... Read More »

Dr Kamal slams govt for ‘making economy bankrupt’ with loans

Dhaka, Mar 28 – Jatiya Oikyafront Convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Thursday alleged that the government is making the Bangladesh economy bankrupt by imposing a huge burden of loans on people in the name of develop projects. “The government is carrying out a campaign that the country is witnessing outstanding development but our economists analysing various statistics are saying that ... Read More »

World Bank financializing development

KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Mar 26 2019 (IPS) – The World Bank has successfully legitimized the notion that private finance is the solution to pressing development and welfare concerns, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Agenda 2030. A recent McKinsey report estimates that the world needs to invest about US$3.3 trillion, or 3.8 per cent of world output yearly, in economic ... Read More »

Reverse engineering for SDGs

ROME, Feb 20 2019 (IPS) – When young people from small towns and villages seek higher education they have to usually migrate to big cities leaving their local communities behind. On completion of their degree from the Universities, they generally prefer staying in cities, in search of a good job and a successful career. Though this is a standard practice, it ... Read More »

Dilapidated gas pipelines in capital Dhaka to be replaced

Introduction of smart prepaid metres also on cards Dhaka, Mar 18 – The Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd has planned to replace its dilapidated gas pipelines in Dhaka city with new ones as well as to introduce smart prepaid metres for consumers over the next three years. The state-owned entity has taken the initiative to replace about 5,000 ... Read More »

Gender gap in disaster risk management: Why it matters

Submitted by Caren Grown, co-authors: Cristina Otano Over the past decade, the practice of disaster risk management (DRM) has evolved and matured. From mainly focusing on disaster response, local and international actors alike now emphasize the importance of preparedness and prevention – saving lives and avoiding losses even before disaster strikes. Yet despite this progress, there’s much more work to ... Read More »

A quarter of eligible countries haven’t accessed Green Fund

Interesting findings surface in the evaluation of Green Fund’s readiness programme Kathmandu/New Delhi, 8 March (Prerna Bomzan and Indrajit Bose) – At the 22nd Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) held in Songdo, South Korea from 26-28 February, the findings and recommendations by the Fund’s Independent Evaluation Unit (IEU) of the GCF’s Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme (RPSP) ... Read More »

Hasina for proper dev strategies suiting local soil, water, climate

Dhaka, Mar 2 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged engineers to concentrate more on research for innovating newer technologies so that Bangladesh can take proper development strategies suiting the local soil, water and climate.  “We want you to pay a greater attention to research in the engineering sector…we’ll have to innovate newer technologies through research so that ... Read More »

Why West craves materialism & East sticks to religion

ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 2019 (IPS) – My generation grew up at a time when colonial hang up was at its peak. Our older generation had been slaves and had a huge inferiority complex of the British. The school I went to was similar to all elite schools in Pakistan. Despite gaining independence, they were, and still are, producing replicas of public ... Read More »

Aid in reverse: How poor countries develop rich countries

By Jason Hickel We have long been told a compelling story about the relationship between rich countries and poor countries. The story holds that the rich nations of the OECD give generously of their wealth to the poorer nations of the global south, to help them eradicate poverty and push them up the development ladder. Yes, during colonialism western powers ... Read More »

The impact of trade conflict on developing Asia

The 2018 trade conflict between the United States and the People’s Republic of China presents a stumbling block to the global manufacturing and international trade that has driven growth and prosperity in Asia. Findings suggest that if all documented threats and retaliations were to be carried out, gross domestic product would fall by around 1% in the People’s Republic of ... Read More »

PM opens works on Karnaphuli tunnel, Ctg expressway

Chattogram, Feb 24 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated the boring works on 3.4-km Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman Tunnel, the first in the country, under Karnaphuli River at Construction Yard of the Tunnel Project area at Patenga here. She also opened the construction work on 16.5-km elevated expressway from Lalkhan Bazar to Shah Amanat International Airport in the ... Read More »

Reverse engineering for SDGs

ROME, Feb 20 2019 (IPS) – When young people from small towns and villages seek higher education they have to usually migrate to big cities leaving their local communities behind. On completion of their degree from the Universities, they generally prefer staying in cities, in search of a good job and a successful career. Though this is a standard practice, it ... Read More »

How development excludes adivasi peoples

ODISHA, India, Feb 21 2019 (IPS) – Failing to understand the Adivasi world view and imposing the dominant development paradigm on Adivasi peoples is affecting their identity and well-being. The mainstream development paradigm has aggravated discontent among Adivasi communities. The reasons are not difficult to recognise—it encourages the siege of native resources, drives competition, is surplus-driven, instils private ownership, and consequently, ... Read More »

World’s youth are being left behind

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) – Globally, youth are being left behind in education and employment, threatening the future vision of sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous societies. In a new report, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlight the need to pay attention to and invest in youth as they are critical to building the world’s future including by helping ... Read More »

Election commitments to youth should be realised

Dhaka, Feb 22 (UNB) – Speakers at a dialogue on Friday observed that it is high time for the policymakers to reflect the youth aspirations in the national agenda and implement the election commitments.  Citizen’s Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh in collaboration with Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Nagorik Uddyog and Jaago Foundation organised the dialogue on ‘Electoral Commitments and Youth ... Read More »

PDB implements Tk964.16 crore project in Rajshahi division

Power Development Board (PDB) has been implementing a mega project to ensure a safe and dependable power supply to meet increasing demand for electricity till 2025. PDB sources said the four and half-year project styled “Power Distribution Management Development, Rajshahi Zone” is being implemented in Rajshahi City and 16 upazilas in eight districts under Rajshahi division. The Tk 964.16 crore ... Read More »

‘Nothing for us, without us’

By Justus Wanzala Makuleni, Kenya, Feb 18 2019 (IPS) – Julia Mutua is a resident of Kalawa ward in the semi-arid Makueni County in Eastern Kenya and a member of a women’s farmers group that runs a poultry project. “Women are increasingly playing a key role in economically uplifting of their households, unlike before, but they need access to affordable ... Read More »