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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. V. Muzenda Tsitsi

Zimbabwe
Chairperson
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. W. Bani Mustafa

Jordan
Vice-Chairperson
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Vacancy

African Group

Mr. L. B. Penn

Togo
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. A. Al-Khrbeed

Iraq
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. R. El Hilaa

Morocco
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Vacancy

Asia-Pacific Group

Ms. S. Rehman

Pakistan
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. l. Sereewatthanawut

Thailand
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. A. Boshyan

Armenia
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. R. Marian

Republic Of Moldova
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Oct 2021

Ms. L. Gumerova

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. M. Carvalho

Brazil
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Oct 2021

Mr. B. Scotland

Guyana
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Oct 2021

Vacancy

Latin America/Caribbean Group

Ms. A. Mulder

Netherlands
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. S. Dinică

Romania
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. N. Evans

United Kingdom
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. S. Kihika

Kenya
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Women MPs)

Mr. M. Bouva

Suriname
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Young MPs)

Mr. A. Gryffroy

Belgium
Rapporteur to the 142nd Assembly

Mr. P. Mariru

Kenya
Rapporteur to the 142nd Assembly

Ms. S. Dinică

Romania
Rapporteur to the 142nd Assembly
Fishermen with their boat

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