The post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the Role of Parliaments
The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa- OSISA is currently working with civil society organisations, parliaments, the academic sector and international organisations to develop an SDG Barometer to track implementation at national level. At a recent meeting held in Ghana, the PAP secretariat was represented Mrs. Lyn Chiwandamira and Mr. Galal Arry represented the PAP secretariat in the conceptualisation of the Barometer.
In her presentation. Mrs. Chiwandamira reported that the 17 SDGs are important to eradicate poverty globally and that without representation, participation, transparency, effective decision making and effective oversight, the attainment of these goals will be a pipe dream.
From a parliamentary perspective, the SDG framework and related implementation processes should be underpinned by democratic principles, values and institutions. This will ensure that the parliamentary dimension is adequately mainstreamed in the implementation of the SDGs and ensure that the goals and targets are attained.
Sustainable Development Goals
Goal I. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development