National Urban Dream

The Prime Minister’s Office of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (GOB) is committed to building a country whose citizens are able to live prosperous and happy lives. The year 2021 will mark the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence, while the year 2020 will be the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.  The Vision2021 addresses the necessary objectives for reaching middle income status and addressing the current challenges for sustainable development in Bangladesh.

Vision 2021, and the GOB envision a democratic system where people choose their government freely and get services from it without hassle, enjoy freedom from fear and intolerance, live with dignity; where every citizen is assured of social justice, environmental protection, human rights and equal opportunities; and where the rule of law and good governance flourish. GOB envisions a liberal, progressive and democratic welfare State. Simultaneously GOB envisions a Bangladesh which by 2020/2021, will be a middle income country where poverty will be drastically reduced where, our citizens will be able to meet every basic need and where development will be on fast track, with ever-increasing rates of inclusive growth.

With this vision, it must be considered the important focus for the Urban Environment.  The Urban population of Bangladesh is currently estimated at 28% of the total population and anticipated to reach 50% by 2025.  This trend of rapid urbanization is not to be neglected for sustainable development and design planning.

Furthermore, this prominent trend must be a key concern in the Vision 2021 for population well being and health justice.  The Declaration for Urban Health in Bangladesh is currently being drafted.  This draft will reflect and support the Vision 2021 while seeking to ensure the inclusion of Urban Health in the post-2015 development framework.

More information on Vision 2021 can be found here.