The 'Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG)' project of UNDP Bangladesh and General Economics Division (GED), with the support of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Action for Sustainable Development Goals project through the financial support of the Governments of Austria, Sweden, and the European Union jointly organized a three-day training workshop on “SDG Metadata and SDMX Template: Exercise on SDG Indicators 12.2.1 &12.2.2”, on 12- 14 November 2021 as part of developing the capacity of the public officials. This workshop aspired to enhance the capacity of the public officials and knowledge about the concepts and methodologies for compiling SDG indicators 12.2.1- ‘material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP’ (Tier II) and 12.2.2- ‘domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP’ (Tier I).
Dr Shamsul Alam, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Planning, inaugurated this training workshop as Chief Guest. Ms Zuena Aziz, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office has joined as special guests. Mr Mohammad Tajul Islam, Director General (Additional Secretary), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and Ms Nguyen Thi Ngoc Van, Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP Bangladesh, have joined as Guests of Honor. Mr. AZM Saleh, M&E Analyst, UNDP Bangladesh, has taken a session on SDG Indicators 12.2.1 and 12.2.2. Dany Ghafari, Programme Management Officer at UN Environment has taken technical sessions on Overview, Scoring and computation methodology of Indicator 12.2.1 & 12.2.2. Along with them, Md. Alamgir Hossen, FPO, SDG Cell, BBS & Mr Shimul Sen, Senior Assistant Chief, GED, has also taken technical sessions.
Few key issues came up during the discussions and they are: we have less than 10 years in hand for the SDG implementation, and the UN termed it as the ‘decade of action’ and achieving this will require Bangladesh to take informed policy decisions. To do this, accurate data and information will be crucial and can only be done through proper and continuous data generation for all the indicators to assess needs and to see where course corrections is needed. Dr. Shamsul Alam came in and said that the achievement of SDGs is a gamechanger for the world, and for the poor and hapless who have not been mainstream in the development process. He said that most countries are struggling with SDG data generation, including SDG 12, BBS will have to increase professionalism and take responsibility for fast tracking data generation for the SDGs monitoring and evaluation. We have data gaps in Bangladesh and prevent repetition and overlap of data and spoke about the importance of synchronization of data. BBS should harmonize data collection system with the administrative ministries. All SDG related data should be collected under one consolidated project by the BBS instead of taking up too many discrete projects.