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Eden Outlines Govt’s Progress In Climate Action At Big Parl’t Meet

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges ever to face our island nation, the Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden said. “And taking action is
14 May 2017 11:00
Eden Outlines Govt’s Progress In Climate Action At Big Parl’t Meet
Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden during the panel discussions on climate change in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges ever to face our island nation, the Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden said.

“And taking action is in the national interest and requires a collaborative approach where the Parliament needs to align to the National effort of addressing SDG 13.”

Ms Eden was speaking at the iconic Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam during the Regional Seminar for Parliaments in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The meeting was themed around climate change – Responding to climate change – Actions of Legislators to achieve the SDG from May 11 to 13.

She was a panel member in a discussion on climate change during the Regional Seminar on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for the Parliaments in the

“It must be noted that the Executive plays the lead role in the implementation of Policies and Actions on the SDGs,” she said.

“The Fijian Parliament, on the other hand, plays a more facilitating role in ensuring the review of Legislation and its oversight functions factor in the SDGs and their targets.

“In other words, it is aligning itself to, or mainstreaming the SDGs into its Legislatives processes and oversight functions.

“Our Parliament has progressed this particularly on SDG 5, which is to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all Women and Girls.

“Our current Standing Orders require a gender-based analysis to be used by Parliamentary Committees when scrutinising Legislation or undertaking their oversight functions (Standing Order 110 (2).

“In March, we published a Gender Toolkit titled ‘Scrutinising Legislation from a Gender Perspective: A Practical Toolkit’ and this is used as a guide for all MPs and Committees.

“In addition, a Parliamentary Group on Gender Equality was formed, comprising mostly the Standing Committee Chairs which have both Men and Women MPs.”

She also highlighted some of the mechanisms available to our Parliament, along with initiatives undertaken to progress the implementation of the SDGs at the National level.

Ms Eden said: “The fact that our Parliament has the legal or constitutional authority to approve International Treaties and Conventions, puts the Fijian Parliament and Parliamentarians at a pivotal point in terms of fulfilling Fiji’s commitments to the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Apart from the core legislative and oversight functions, our Parliament is taking a lead role in awareness raising and generating public discussions about the Sustainable Development Agenda and the SDGs.

The seminar for the Asia-Pacific countries are jointly organised by the National Assembly of Vietnam and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

 

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