Reducing inequality across the world should be the main agenda of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly where the post-2015 development goals will be discussed, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Countries failed to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set in 2000 to create a world without poverty and hunger by 2015. There are now more people who are hungry than what was in 2000, they added.

EquityBD orgained the seminar in the capital's Jatiya Press Club.

Environment and Forests Minister Hasan Mahmud said developed countries were responsible for the crises of climate change facing Bangladesh. "So we must make them pay us compensation," he said.

Stating that Bangladesh has been largely successful in reaching the MDGs two years ahead of the deadline, he said the challenge was to sustain the development and progress.
EquityBd Research Coordinator Barkat Ullah Maruf said the assembly's goals should be to control global arms and military expenditure while debts of least developed countries should be cancelled.

Published in The Daily Star.