AS Fiji moves away from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Parliament will be an important body in ensuring development progress.
This was told to parliamentarians by Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni during the opening of the parliamentarian's workshop at Suva's Holiday Inn yesterday.
Dr Luveni said the MDGs were an ambitious agenda for reducing poverty and improving lives agreed to by world leaders at the Millennium Summit in September 2000.
"Although it was the participating governments which signed the Millennium Declaration agreeing to the MDGs on behalf of their respective countries and which ultimately have the responsibility to deliver the targets, Parliaments can also play an important role," she said.
Dr Luveni said if new laws were needed to accelerate progress in achieving the new SDGs, it would be MPs in Parliament, who would decide the content of these laws.
"If more funding is needed for certain ministries to achieve these new SDGs, it will be us in Parliament that will scrutinise the national budget with these SDGs in mind.
"If citizens have any concerns on any issues, including progress made on development issues in their areas, it will be to us in Parliament that many of them will come to raise these concerns.
"Today's (yesterday's) workshop is an opportunity to hear from the experts on the MDGs and the SDGs.
"You (MPs) will all get your chance in Parliament committees and the chamber to debate these issues and ask questions of ministers on some of the topics," she told the MPs.
SOURCE: May 25th 2015: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=307233