Linking youth with SDGs: Goal-16: Peace, Justice and strong institutions

May 30, 2016

Stride Bangladesh, an organization working to connect youth with the concept of sustainable development goals, in collaboration with United Nations Development Program Bangladesh, organized a focused group discussion on goal 16, under the theme “Linking youth with Sustainable Development Goals: Shaping roadmap to achieve the goals” on May 30, 2016 at the UNDP Bangladesh Conference Room at IDB Bhaban, Dhaka.

Young professionals, community youth leader, and students from different educational institutions attended the event. The eminent discussant of the workshop was Political Governance Advisor of UNDP’s Democratic governance cluster Sheela Tasneem Haq. She conducted an interactive session on the role of ‘democratic accountability’ and ‘Institutional responsiveness” in order to build strong institutions. She mentioned that collaboration between NGOs and the government would be fruitful in this regard. Later on Participants were divided into three groups:  Blue, Green and Red. The groups were assigned with three problems namely Discrimination, Violence and Corruption which are considered as obstacles to achieve goal 16 and were asked to suggest necessary steps to eliminate these problems at institutional and societal level.

Blue group identified the discriminations at different levels of the existing system and came up with the model to restructure the legislative system i.e. political parties, election system, parliament and policy making. Green group defined different sorts of violence around us and suggested a model to make the executive system of the state more functional. Red group marked the different ways of corruption and proposed some changes in the judiciary system.

All groups presented their ideas one by one afterwards. Then after a brief question answer session presided over by the Assistant Country Director of UNDP Palash Kanti Das, the program officially came to an end.