Bangladesh has maintained an average annual growth rate of about 6 percent for more than a decade with rate exceeding 6 percent in the last three consecutive years. (FY10, 11 and 12)Sustained accelerated growth has led to improvement in per capita income and faster poverty reduction. Of the many challenges confronting the country in its attempt to attain the middle income economy status by 2021 is achieving sustainable development. The challenge to sustainability originates from both domestic source in the form of environmental degradation generated by natural and man-made processes and international source in the form of climate change.

The National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) has developed strategies to squarely meet the challenges of economic, social and environmental sustainability of the economy. It also represents an effort of the Government to meet its international obligation to global sustainable development agenda. The vision of the NSDS developed through extensive consultation with the stakeholders is “Achieving a happy, prosperous and enlightened Bangladesh which is free from hunger, poverty, inequality, illiteracy, and corruption and belongs completely to its citizens and maintains a healthy environment”.
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