A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between two youth-led social organisations Gen Lab and Poriborton Foundation in order to achieve SDGs goals.
Gen Lab has initiated this urban art and campaign-based programme 'Peace Caravan' to inspire and educate urban youths and professionals to adapt to sustainable, inclusive, and peaceful social living through means of art and digital presence.
The agreement was signed at a conference held at a hall in city's Gulshan-2 on Monday. The programme is supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said a press release.
Gen Lab focuses on "Religious Harmony, Peaceful and Inclusive Societies" which is Sustainable Development Goals (SDG -16), Gender Equality (SDG 5) and a strong focus is also on the accessibility of transgender and disabled people to work & employability.
Partnerships for a Tolerant and Inclusive Bangladesh (PTIB), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is providing strategic and monetary support to the organisation for successful implementation of the project. Also IPDC Finance is a supporting partner of the program.
The particular project is designed to curate creative artworks through numbers of government and private-owned bus, rickshaw and other transport mediums inside Dhaka metropolitan area.
The artworks are meant for promoting peaceful and inclusive community living, religious harmony, equal rights and empowerment for women, and accessibility of persons with disabilities in accordance with constitution of Bangladesh.
Along with offline art-based campaign it will have debate tournament, quiz contest, policy talk, and exclusive content based campaign in social media which will promote the mentioned SDGs.
Poriborton Foundation has shared believe in promoting inclusiveness by partnering with Gen Lab.
Officials of both organisations were present including Executive Director of Gen Lab Mr Ratul Dev, and Barrister Ahsan Habib Bhuiyan, founding president of Poriborton Foundation who signed for their organisation.
Mr Bhuiyan said, "We must work to change norms and patterns of thinking that prohibit every member of our communities to feel inclusive. Proud to be part of 'Peace Caravan' and excited to support the youth creatively bring their visions to life, as we work to make our communities safer and our coexistence harmonious and sustainable".
Social Media influencer and actor Shoumik Ahmed were also present at the programme.