MELANESIAN countries must recognise that the development and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are linked to political and parliamentary stability, says Speaker of the House Dr Jiko Luveni.
While participating at the two-day Melanesian leaders conference in Nadi, she said development and stability were not separate issues.
"They are inter-linked," she said. "Our development as a region and the development of individual countries are dependent on ensuring that we have good governance and political and parliamentary stability."
She said a lot had been said about the Millennium Development Goals.
"One of the criticisms of the Millennium Development Goals was that there was not a goal specifically on governance.
"With the SDGs, we have goal 16 which is to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build, effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
"This goal means that our governance institutions need to be effective and work well in order to provide a platform for sustainable development and indeed in order for our countries to achieve all of the other SDGs."
She said she was grateful to the United Nations Development Programme for initiating talks in regional countries with continuing national issues.
"In order to achieve SDG 16, we will need the support and assistance of UNDP and they have always been there for us to support our transition following the September 2014 elections in Fiji."
The conference ended on Tuesday with leaders reflecting on ways to implement SDGs on a national and regional level.