Bangladesh National Parliament and UNDP ink deal to promote SDGs

Dhaka, 24 October 2017:  Bangladesh National Parliament and UNDP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 October 2017 to work together in monitoring and implementing the SDGs in Bangladesh.

The signing ceremony took place at the Parliament complex in presence of Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Honorable Speaker, Bangladesh Parliament, Mr Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh, along with other representatives from both the organizations.  The MoU was signed by Dr. Md. Abdur Rob Howlader, Parliament Secretary on behalf of Bangladesh Parliament and Sudipto Mukerjee for UNDP.

The MoU is the continuation of UNDP’s work with the National Parliament During the 9th session, through a project titled “Improving Democracy through Parliamentary Development” (IPD). In the 10th National Parliament, under this new MoU, UNDP will provide support to the Members of Parliament to achieve the SDGs, targeting on specific thematic areas like health, climate change and women’s empowerment.

In addition to that UNDP will support to strengthening the Research Capacities of the National Parliament and to build the capacity and leadership of Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretariat Officials.

Attending the signing ceremony, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said, “Parliament has an important role to play to help achieve the sustainable development goals and collaboration with development partners like UNDP is appreciated.”

Sudipto Mukerjee in his remarks said, “We provided ICT support in the 9th Parliament and in the 10th Parliament we want to reengage mostly to achieve the SDGs and to strengthening research capacity and building the leadership capacity of the Parliament Secretariat officials.”

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