GIS – 19 November 2015: A working session on Nationalising the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development: Awareness raising session with Honourable Members of the National Assembly was held today at Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments, at the initiative of the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator’s Office.
The Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, proceeded with the official opening ceremony, in the presence of the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Simon Springett, Ministers and Members of Parliament.
Members of the Mauritius National Assembly are among the first groups of African parliamentarians to take part in the awareness raising session which aims to create a common understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)/ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development process. Another objective is to promote ownership and leadership of national parliamentarians over the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as identify appropriate strategies and mechanisms for effective engagement of parliamentarians, and key stakeholders, in the national delivery and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In his address, Minister Seeruttun said that the Government and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are determined to take bold and transformative steps to shift the country onto a sustainable and resilient path, he added.
According to him, the working session will provide guidance with regard to the implementation of national agenda plans and policies. The 2030 Agenda, along the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and underpinning 169 targets, pushes for widespread recognition of the need for a more active participation of different stakeholders in the national implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, said the Minister.
He further outlined the responsibility of Members of Parliament with regard to legislating, overseeing policy development and implementation and approving budgets. In addition to their duty of oversight function and scrutinising on behalf of their constituents, Members of Parliament are uniquely positioned to raise issues of concern in order to adjust development policies and make them more effective and address the needs of citizens.
He recalled that while the Millennium Development Goals were developed for developing countries only, the SDGs are universal.
For his part, Mr Springett recalled that the SDGS are owned by Nations and that Members of Parliament are agents of change. Parliaments provide national accountability mechanisms where assessments of development goals, targets and indicators can be tabled, debated and modified, he said.
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