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by AGORA moderator
16 October 2017
In the light of the World Food Day, the below article is an example of how parliaments can promote food security and reach the goal of zero hunger. 
 
On the 19th of July 2017, the Italian Chamber of Deputies launched the FAO Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security; the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes this initiative in the presence of Italian Parliamentarians, representatives of the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for...
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by AGORA moderator
16 October 2017
The pro­longed dry spell that rav­aged the coun­try for the past months left al­most 10.9 mil­lion Ugan­dans food in­se­cure, a joint in­ter-min­is­te­r­ial state­ment laid in Par­lia­ment on Feb­ru­ary 14th noted. This num­ber is ex­pected to rise, with 1.58 mil­lion need­ing food re­lief. The em­i­nent food scarcity is mainly at­trib­uted to the scanty rains that the coun­try has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and the over de­pen­dence of agri­cul­tural...
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by AGORA member
13 October 2017

Information is critical to holding governments to account. None of a parliament’s key functions of representation, oversight and scrutiny can happen meaningfully without quality information.

Despite this, the systems that shape how parliaments gather, appraise and use evidence, and the parliamentary staff who are at the forefront of these activities are too often overlooked in parliamentary strengthening programmes.

Parliamentary information support: new papers from...

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by AGORA moderator
12 October 2017

The Global Parliamentary Report (GPR) is the most comprehensive overview of parliamentary strategies and good practices. The second edition, co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), zooms in on how parliaments can exercise its oversight function to hold governments accountable to their electorate.

Oversight is a core function of parliament. It is essential for building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions as...

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by AGORA member
2 October 2017

Catalonia's leader has said voters have "gained the right" to an independent state following a referendum rejected by Madrid. Some 90 percent voted in favor of secession, but turnout was low in a vote marred by violence.

Speaking hours after Sunday's disputed referendum concluded, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said Catalonia had "gained the right to have an independent state with the status of a republic."
 
He added that the results of Sunday's referendum...
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by AGORA member
28 September 2017
As a gateway for the allocation of public resources, the budget process determines the quality of public policy. Gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) systematically integrates a gender perspective into the budget process. It may therefore serve to monitor the implementation of a government's commitment to gender equality.
 
Recognizing the importance of strengthening the skills of MPs, parliamentary...
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by AGORA member
27 September 2017
The Finance Ministry is calling for proposals from all stakeholders including the general public to be included in the budget 2018 that will be presented in Parliament in November this year.
 
Since the government has a plan to introduce a successful budget aimed at  building a strong economy, an enriched country and creation of one million employment opportunities, people are invited to submit their proposals to enhance the opportunities in those fields to the...
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by AGORA member
26 September 2017
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. Prime Minister Abe announced Monday he will call a snap election for parliament’s more powerful lower house for next month. Abe said at a news conference that he will dissolve the chamber on Thursday when it convenes after a three-month summer recess. The election is to be held Oct. 22. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press)
 
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by AGORA member
25 September 2017
A far-right party has won seats in the German parliament for the first time in half a century, in an election that saw Angela Merkel returned as chancellor for the fourth contest straight.
 
The German chancellor pledged to address the concerns of people who voted for the anti-Muslim and anti-immigration AfD after initial results showed it winning 13.5 per cent of the vote – at the higher end of what was expected.
 
Meanwhile, the centre-left SPD...
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by AGORA member
21 September 2017
Three days left for the parliamentarian elections in Germany. This Sunday, 61.5 million Germans will be eligible to cast their vote in parliamentary elections. A bit more than half of them, 31.7 million, are women, 29.8 million are men. Hundreds of thousands have already handed in their vote by mail. There is no online-voting, and there are no voting machines.
 
Voters will be able to choose between as many as 42 parties, some of which are quite exotic, to say the...
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