Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday expressed his firm belief that Bangladesh would be able to achieve many targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before 2030, saying the country is moving forward by overcoming all challenges. "The government is tirelessly working to achieve the SDGs . . . poverty alleviation should no more be a continuous process, rather it must be sustainable," he said while addressing the inaugural session of the media training workshop as the chief guest at Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) auditorium in the city.
Inter Press Service and UN Foundation jointly organized the workshop. Terming climate change as one the major problems, Muhith said coastal people are facing many problems including flood shortage, riverbank erosions, cyclone and drought due to this natural phenomenon. "Bangladeshis bearing the burden of excessive carbon emissions caused by the industrialized nations, who are mainly responsible for global warming, a great challenge for the mother Earth," he added.
Despite having a little contribution to global carbon emission, Bangladesh is facing many problems due to adverse impact of global climate change, he said adding, "We do not get compensation from the industrialized nations and we are taking programs from our own funds to tackle the climate change's negative impact." Among others, Economist Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad and Director General of Inter Press Service Farhana Haque Rahman were present on the occasion.