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Parliaments and the Post-2015 Debate

 

The Role of Parliaments in the Post-2015 Debate and Emerging Development Priorities

Capable and vibrant parliaments are essential to countries’ development processes because they are important institutions in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and economic development aims. Parliamentary development directly supports the achievement of the MDGs because MPs represent the very constituents who are supposed to benefit from them while at the same time being responsible for passing the laws that institutionalize the changes required to meet the MDGs. MPs should represent, understand and reflect the interests of all their constituents and communities so that development is more equitable and effective. Indeed an active parliament’s role in poverty-reduction planning fosters a more comprehensive societal participation in economic development.    To read more about this subject, visit AGORA's Areas of Expertise

With the 2015 deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching, the discussion on candidate goals for the post-2015 successors to the MDGs has gained momentum. The question of how to shape the post-2015 framework has been recently addressed in several meetings including the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Empowering parliamentarians to participate effectively in and positively influence the architecture of the post-2015 development agenda is paramount to its success. The need for country ownership, government accountability, and national policy was not sufficiently taken into account during the MDGs design and implementation, and is now being highlighted as a requirement to ensure that the new set of objectives is attained.  Parliaments are at the forefront of these imperatives, because they play a critical role in meeting those requirements through their lawmaking, budgeting, and oversight functions.

It is within this scope that CPA UK with support from the United Nations Development Programme, is organizing the International Parliamentary Conference on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This three day conference will take place at the Houses of Parliament, London from 26 to 28 November 2013. The aim is to build the capacity of parliamentarians to ensure that governance, transparency and accountability as necessary contributors to good development outcomes are at the core of the post-2015 development debate.

The expected outputs from this conference are two-fold:

1. A conference communiqué highlighting priority issues for parliamentarians for presentation at the United Nations.

2. A toolkit for parliamentarians to assist delegates to influence, implement and monitor the post-2015 development agenda.           

 

Join AGORA's innovative ‘Interact’ section where members can connect, discuss, share information and join a wide network of Parliamentarians and experts in a number of groups among which the Parliaments and Post-2015 Development Agenda group which provides a platform for sharing latest news, documents and experiences on the post-2015 debate.

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