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Sustainable Development Goals

Millions of people around the world are unable to fully enjoy their rights and to live a prosperous life. Implementing human rights-based frameworks that promote sustainable development can ensure an inclusive society. The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to do this by creating a world where no one is left behind.

We provided inputs to the 2030 agenda, bringing a parliamentary perspective to it and helping parliaments prepare for its implementation. In April 2015, the 132nd IPU Assembly adopted the Hanoi Declaration entitled: The Sustainable Development Goals: Turning Words into Action, in which parliaments committed to doing their utmost to strengthen national ownership of the goals; translate the goals into enforceable domestic laws and regulations; and hold governments accountable for the goals they subscribed to.

Our role is to help parliaments achieve these objectives. We provide direct assistance and policy guidance to national parliaments with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We regularly organize regional and inter-regional seminars and summits for parliaments (see below) to promote greater awareness about the SDGs and foster regional cooperation. The agendas of these events are adapted to the region’s specific targets, placing special emphasis on discussing critical factors for sustainable development that are particularly relevant (such as climate change, gender equality, health, and economic, social and environmental disparities). In 2016, we held seminars for parliaments from Eastern and Central Europe, parts of Asia and Africa, Latin America and South Pacific. Parliamentarians at these events drew up specific strategies, declarations and forward-looking recommendations.  

At the national level, we undertake needs assessment missions to evaluate the preparedness of parliaments to integrate SDGs into their legislation. To help with this, we launched a self-assessment toolkit that provides a comprehensive status check on the parliament’s current awareness and work on sustainable development issues. The toolkit has been designed to assist parliaments to identify good practices, gaps and opportunities so they can effectively integrate SDGs into their work while ensuring compliance with human rights principles.

At the United Nations, we organize regular parliamentary side events at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development—the main UN hub to review global progress on the SDGs over the next 15 years.

Regional and interregional seminars

Central Asia (dates to be decided)

Asia and the Pacific (dates to be decided)

Twelve Plus Group (dates to be decided)

Caribbean, 5-6 December 2019

Fourth South Asian Speakers's Summit, 1-2 September 2019

Fourth Interregional Seminar, 12-14 June 2019

Twelve Plus Geopolitical Group, 5-6 June 2019

Asia-Pacific Region, 27-28 May 2019

Twelve Plus Geopolitical Group and East Asia, 20-22 November 2018

Commonwealth of Independent States, 18 October 2018

Latin America and the Caribbean, 28-29 September 2018

Middle East and North Africa, 18-20 September 2018

Third Interregional Seminar on the Achievement of SDGs for Parliaments of Developing Countries, 10-12 September 2018

Third South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the SDGs, 11-12 July 2018

Second interregional seminar on parliamentary capacity-building and the further implementation of the SDGs, 5-7 September 2017 

Asia-Pacific Region,11-13 May 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa, 1-3 March 2017

Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, 23-24 February 2017

South Asia, 18-20 February 2017

Latin America and the Caribbean, 1-2 December 2016

Pacific, 16-18 November 2016

Interregional seminar: Implementing the SDGs through South-South Parliamentary Cooperation, 18-20 September 2016

Central and Eastern Europe, 18-19 April 2016

South Asia, 30-31 January 2016

Central and Eastern Europe, 15-16 June 2015