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‘Achieving SDGs through alternative dispute resolution and short-term justice’

‘Achieving SDGs through alternative dispute resolution and short-term justice’

In a workshop organized in the capital, the speakers discussed building a just, peaceful and inclusive society to achieve the 16 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They opined that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms should be strengthened to ensure justice through partnership.

Apart from this, there was a discussion about paving the way for a just and peaceful society through speedy disposal of pending cases in the courts.

The workshop held on Thursday was attended by representatives of various ministries and institutions of the government, representatives of non-governmental organizations and civil society and representatives of development aid organizations.

Representatives of the Law and Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU) were also present at the event, which was organized with the support of the German Development Cooperation Agency GIZ.

In the workshop, the chief coordinator of the SDG affairs of the Prime Minister’s office. Akhtar Hossain said, ‘If SDG-16 is not achieved, it is not possible to achieve other goals. Bangladesh has already been globally recognized for achieving SDG targets. If a strong information management system is adopted on the basis of public-private partnership, I believe, the initiatives taken by our government will contribute to building a peaceful, justice-based inclusive society. Delay in obtaining justice disrupts peace and order in the society. I am hopeful that at the end of this workshop we will be able to work more cohesively and achieve the desired goals.’

Secretary of Law and Justice Department. Golam Sarwar said, ‘We all have a common goal of building a peaceful and inclusive society based on justice. SDG 16 aims to ensure justice for all. Law and Judiciary along with other ministries are working to achieve various targets related to SDG. In 2018, with the help of GIZ, the Ministry of Law undertook a program called Justice Audit, through which the baseline of SDG-16 was determined.

Highlighting Bangladesh Government’s ‘Leaving No One Behind’ commitment, Law and Judiciary Department Joint Secretary (Budget and Development) Sheikh Humayun Kabir said, ‘Government has launched ‘Online Legal Aid Service’ to ensure justice for poor and helpless citizens. In the last year alone, more than eighty thousand citizens including women, children, disabled people and marginalized groups have received government legal assistance.

Martina Boucard from GIZ Bangladesh said, ‘At GIZ Bangladesh we are committed to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development globally. We are working diligently to ensure justice for all with the cooperation of various ministries and departments of the Government of Bangladesh.

During the plenary session, panelists including representatives of the Ministry of Law, NGOs and development partners reviewed a wide range of issues related to achieving the 16 SDG targets. They identify existing limitations in the justice system and suggest solutions. They also emphasized the establishment of effective mechanisms for joint monitoring and reporting on SDG 16.