UNDP-Parliament Secretariat renew partnership to improve effectiveness of the legislative branch

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Kathmandu, Nepal—UNDP and Constituent Assembly and Legislature Parliament Secretariat (CA/ LP) have entered a renewed partnership to strengthen parliamentary law making and oversight function while making the parliament more responsive to the voices of the citizens.

In the presence of Constituent Assembly Chair and the Speaker of the Legislature Parliament Subash Nembang and UNDP Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific Haoliang Xu, UNDP Resident Representative Jamie McGoldrick and Secretary General of the CA / LP Secretariat Manohar Bhattarai signed an agreement on 26 June, 2015 to implement a four-year long project.

"The role and proper functioning of parliament is the essential ingredient in any good democracy,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UNDP Resident Representative.

The new  US$ 2.5 million Parliament Support Project will have six pillars: support to the constitution making process until the promulgation of a new constitution, strengthening of effectiveness of parliament, strengthening of law making and oversight functions of Parliament, support to inter-parliamentary cooperation and exchange, support to the Parliament for citizen outreach, and support for gender and social inclusion.

"Parliament is the kingpin of the governance system. A weak parliament would not function properly. In order to enhance its effectiveness we need to improve its delivery capacity. The agreement which I signed with UNDP Resident Representative Jamie is expected to be very helpful in our effort to improve our delivery capacity," said Manohar Bhattarai, Secretary General of the CA / LP Secretariat.

Since 2008, UNDP has been supporting the CA/LP in its task of participatory constitution-building, through the Support to Participatory Constitution-Building in Nepal (SPCBN) project. In the light of new developments towards the promulgation of a new constitution, the SPCBN project is shifting its focus under a renewed arrangements to provide more comprehensive parliament support project after the new constitution is in effect.

SOURCE: UNDP Nepal, 29/06/2015, http://www.np.undp.org/content/nepal/en/home/presscenter/pressreleases/2...