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Parliament Important In Promoting Goals

Parliament Important In Promoting Goals
Group photo with invited guests. Photo: Fiji Parliament News
September 26
01:21 2015

Parliament’s role in contributing to Sustainable Development Goals has increasingly come to the forefront as a natural avenue that is uniquely positioned and designed to address contentious issues and relationships, says Dr Jiko Luveni.

The Speaker to Parliament was officiating at the ‘Global Day for Action: #Light The Way for Our Future’ forum on Thursday night.

The Speaker highlighted Parliament’s legislative role and actions on SDGs through the work of the Standing Committees.

“Parliament can promote the SDGs plan of action through its Standing Committees’ role in examining of Bills, scrutinising of the operations of Government departments, considering petitions and papers presented, and approving international treaties and conventions.”

“The Standing Committees have been facilitating this process by allowing the voice of Fijians to be heard. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) must make use of every opportunity to voice the views of those they represent in these Committees.”

“Ensuring public consultation through committees builds confidence in Parliament as an institution as it ensures that those affected by legislation have a chance to have their say,” Dr Luveni added.

The Speaker reminded the forum that SDGs can only have a real impact if they were recognised and understood by stakeholders and the general public.

She also urged the Government, private sector and CSOs to strengthen their partnership in order to effectively advocate for actions in the implementation of such a far-reaching agenda.

The event was organised by the Fiji Council of Social Services as part of the Beyond 2015 and Action/2015 campaign – a citizens’ movement of more than 200 organisations active in over 150 countries.

Fiji Parliament News

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