Southern African Development Community (SADC) – Parliamentary Forum, acting president, Joseph Rabson Njovuyalema, has asked SADC countries to fully support their Parliaments in order for the countries to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals(SDGS).
The SDGs centre on ending poverty and hunger, improving health, education and gender equality, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, protecting oceans and forests and promoting peaceful societies.
Njobvuyalema speaking in Swakopmund Walvis Bay, in Namibia, when he was opening a high level 38th Plenary Assembly Session of SADC Parliamentary Forum said people are at the centre of sustainable development, therefore members of parliament, as representatives of the people, must develop a keen interest in the SDGs.
He said the meeting was very important because it gave SADC countries chance to debate and discuss new development goals.
Njobvuyalema said SDGS were broader universal and holistic because they cover a wide range of targets.
According to Njobvuyalema, as the primary institution of accountability, Parliament has a central role to play in the implementation of SDGs through its law-making, oversight and budgetary functions.
“It is a known fact that Parliaments through out the world play major role in their respective national planning processes through legislation, budgeting, fiscal reforms, effective oversight, establishment muilti-Portofolio committees, to advance the goals and robust citizen participation,” Said Njobvuyalema.
Adding:”Government therefore must support parliament and strengthen their capabilities as pillars of democracy and good governance.”
The 38 plenary session was held under the theme “From Millenium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals; towards a greater parliamentary role in the development agenda”.
Njovuyalema has been presiding over all SADC-Parliamentary Forum on behalf of Tanzanian Speaker of National Assembly who has been busy with elections in her country.
Twelve countries were duly represented during the session, while Tanzania and Sysechelles did not send representatives to the session following the elections which just took place in the countries.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :