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Committee on Sustainable Development

Across the world, many millions of people are still living below the poverty line. Many are dying because of lack of health care while others have little to no prospects for a better life because education is denied or job opportunities are scarce. The impact of climate change is further undermining human development and our future.

Parliaments have a responsibility to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development for every citizen they represent. For fair and inclusive economic growth that leaves no-one behind and which safeguards our planet, there has to be effective governance at all levels.

Our Committee on Sustainable Development works to improve the lives and well-being of the world’s citizens and the planet. It does this through the issues of fair trade, protection of the environment, financing for development and other questions that impact on the way our world evolves.  

Once a year the Committee focuses on a specific issue related to its remit and proposes recommendations through a resolution that frames future parliamentary action at national and international levels. Water governance, reducing the risk to life and development from disasters, and finding innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable growth, are some of the recent issues the Committee has tackled for parliamentary follow up.

The Committee’s work is a key part of our commitment to sustainable development—which covers a broad area of our mission, including trade, effective aid, health and protecting our planet.

It is one of our four permanent committees, which meet at our twice-yearly Assemblies.  All Member parliaments are able to take an active role in putting forward items for the Committee agenda, bringing their perspective to the debates and the drafting of resolutions.   

The work of the Committee is guided by an 18-member Bureau with representatives from all geopolitical groups. The Bureau helps to set the agenda for each session and proposes a work programme for the Committee.

Composition

Ms. A. Mulder

Netherlands
President
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. W. William

Seychelles
Vice-President
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. J. Naisula Lesuuda

Kenya
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. P. Gervais Assirvaden

Mauritius
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. H. Al Matar

Kuwait
Arab Group
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. I. Ezzedine

Lebanon
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. N. Al Alou

Syrian Arab Republic
Arab Group
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Mr. V.D. Ram

India
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Ms. S. Rehman

Pakistan
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. K. Tontisirin

Thailand
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Ms. T. Vardanyan

Armenia
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Mr. S. Gavrilov

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Oct 2024

Ms. M. Baratova

Uzbekistan
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. C.P. Muñoz López

Ecuador
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Ms. S. Parag

Guyana
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. R. Lozano

Uruguay
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2024

Ms. M. McPhedran

Canada
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Mr. F. Notari

Monaco
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2023

Ms. L. Vasylenko

Ukraine
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Women MPs)

Ms. S. Albazar

Egypt
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Young MPs)

Mr. C. Hoffman

Germany
Rapporteur to the 146th Assembly

Ms. H. Vijaykumar Gavit

India
Rapporteur to the 146th Assembly
Fishermen with their boat

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