Social Good Summit 2016 was celebrated on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building of Dhaka University jointly organized by Access to Information (a2i) Program of Prime Minister’s Office, UNDP Bangladesh and Dhaka University. State Minister of Post and Telecommunications Ministry, Advocate Tarana Halim was the chief guest at the program. The special guests in the event included the the Honorable Secretary of Cabinet Division (Coordination & Reform) N M Zeaul Alam, the Country Director of UNDP Bangladesh Nick Beresford and the Chairman of Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka Mr. Mofizur Rahman. The program was chaired by the honorable VC of the University of Dhaka Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique.
Chief guest of the program Advocate Tarana Halim addressed the youth in her speech said them to never stop dreaming. She inspired them to focus their energy into building a better Bangladesh for the future. She appreciated and encouraged the youth for beautiful and precise presentation of information through infographics.
Bangladesh has organized the Social Good Summit 2016 for the fourth time alongside other member countries of the UN putting forth the slogan, “Connecting today, creating tomorrow.” The aim of the program was to ensure social development and justice by identifying on public demands and grievances and creating awareness through new media and social communication networks. The summit was organized on behalf of UN Foundation to mark significant contribution in defining public friendly policies particularly on the eve of UN General Assembly. Since morning the premise of Senate Building had been a happy gathering of the youth in presence of a number of successful personalities of education, literature, sports and other sectors. Representatives of the civil society, IT specialist, entrepreneurs and the enthusiastic youth in the summit discussed their experience on solving various mass grievances and problems exclusively using social media. Apart from this, a number of innovative projects aiming to solve different problems of the society developed by young innovators were showcased in the summit premise since morning.
Apart from this, Access to Information (a2i) Program and Dhaka University with technical assistance of UNDP and USAID had jointly organized an infographic contest for last few months in DU campus. In the summit, the winners of the infographic contest were given prizes for coming up with innovative presentations to deliver different services at doorsteps of the public with minimal time and cost. A total of 600 contestants participated in different stages of the competition and among them 9 participants of 3 teams were declared winners and rewarded by the honorable guests.
People’s Perspective Specialist of Access to Information (a2i) Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Naimuzzaman Mukta, Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst Ramiz Uddin and high officials of UNDP Bangladesh and Dhaka University and also a good number of media journalists were presents in the summit.