Rights activists here on Tuesday criticised the United Nation High Level Panel (UN HLP) report on post-2015 agenda terming it 'lofty goal and empty bowl', reports UNB.

bangladesh june 4 2013The criticism came from a press conference organised by civil society right groups network EquityBD and VOICE at the National Press Club in the city.

VOICE executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud read out a written statement at the press conference.
Chief coordinator of Equitybd Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust, Farzana Akhter of VOICE and Mostafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD also spoke at the press conference.

The speakers said the UN HLP report has given overemphasis on free market and private sector financing for development and the report has not been able to strike a balance between private sector and public financing.

They said free market notion is responsible for reproducing poverty and global inequality and widening the gap between the rich and the poor, and mentioned that generically private finance always look for profit rather than growth with justice and equity.

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