Speakers of Parliaments from South Asia met to discuss the implementation of the SDGs in the region. The South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals further defined the opportunities and challenges facing South Asian parliaments in working to implement the SDGs.Participants followed up on the Dhaka Declaration they adopted in in 2016 and shared their experiences on how parliaments in the region were institutionalizing the global goals and building coherence at the policy level. read more
The world’s MPs have called for decisive actions to stem the serious decline in the health of the oceans. The theme of this year’s Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations in New York, which took place from 13-14 February, was A world of blue: Preserving the oceans, safeguarding the planet, ensuring human well-being in the context of the 2030 Agenda. Jointly organized by IPU and the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, the meeting brought together around 200 MPs from across the globe to advance parliamentary action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14: the conservation and... read more
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. But sustainable development cannot be achieved while half the population—women and girls—are legally discriminated against. Women worldwide face sex discrimination in law in political and public life, marriage and family life, access to justice, gender-based violence and economic access. There is a need for substantive legal reform to ensure that laws are free of discrimination, especially for women and girls.The Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030 seeks to do this by promoting partnerships between international and regional organizations, governments, parliaments and civil society to implement legislative reforms based on gender.. read more
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