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On July 21, the Turkish Parliament’s constitutional committee passed a bill that criminalized mentioning the Armenian Genocide in Parliament.
The bill that was submitted for debate by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) requires a number of changes in the internal rules of procedure of the legislative body.
In addition to banning the mentioning of the Armenian Genocide, lawmakers are also banned from using the terms “Kurdistan...more
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) recently convened a group of leading experts and practitioners from the field of government auditing to discuss how to make audits more impactful. The event brought together luminaries of the auditing world, including the heads and former heads of the supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in India, Kenya, Korea, Nepal, and the Philippines, together...more
Civil society advocates have long argued that greater transparency leads to greater accountability. Put more information in the public domain and it will be used to hold governments to account. Yet the causal chain between transparency and accountability may be only as strong as its weakest link. While a steady stream of evidence from the mushrooming domain of transparency and accountability initiatives show progress on information disclosure, traction...more
Jazmin Burgess, Global Coordinator, Boots on the Ground, UNDP
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are on the frontlines of climate change. With populations often heavily reliant on climate-vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry to drive their economies, the impacts of climate change are amplified. One erratic storm or years of changing growing seasons can wipe out food and water supplies for years or decades.
This has immense social and economic...more
50 women from various backgrounds across Fiji will be gathering today to be part of Fiji’s first ever “Women’s Parliament Fiji”. Organized by the Fijian Parliament in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Women’s Parliament will take place from 16 – 18 Augusts 2016.
In officially opening the Women’s Parliament Fiji Event, Hon. Dr. Jiko Luveni stated, “The hosting of such an event, offers a unique opportunity to Fiji’s aspiring women leaders to learn...more
Revitalizing and supporting indigenous knowledge is essential to address many of today’s challenges, including the effects of climate change.
Indigenous knowledge is a key resource that needs to be promoted to support livelihoods and food security, often under threat due to climatic changes.
Here are some examples of how indigenous peoples and local communities around the world are reviving traditional practices and knowledge.
In Hawaii, where youth...more
Nadi, Fiji: In a two-day conference, representatives from governments, parliaments and civil society from Melanesia discussed how to best promote strong, inclusive and peaceful institutions for sustainable economic growth and development.
The discussions during the conference highlighted the importance of political stability for economic reforms, growth and sustainability. During discussions, participants noted the importance that political reform and socio-economic development are...more
AGORA prepared a short calendar of upcoming events for parliamentary network to attend or follow up on.
62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference,
1-10 September 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh
The main theme of the 2016 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is Collaborative Commonwealth: Unity, Diversity and Common Challenges.
Workshops and debates will be held during the conference on a wide range of topics including the...more