Parliaments Must Review Performance of Sustainable Development Goals - Kadaga Top story

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Kadaga said that Parliaments should develop targets, norms, benchmarks and indicators to assess the performance of government in implementation of the set targets. Kadaga told delegates at a plenary session of the 132nd IPU Assembly in Vietnam that legislators need to introduce into the processes the requirement for an annual report from the government on the status of the SDGs.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has asked global Parliaments under the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) to design action plans to champion the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sustainable Development Goals are a new, universal set of 17 targets and indicators that United Nations member states will be expected to use to frame agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. They replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon by governments in 2000 and are due to expire at the end of 2015.

Kadaga said that Parliaments should develop targets, norms, benchmarks and indicators to assess the performance of government in implementation of the set targets. Kadaga told delegates at a plenary session of the 132nd IPU Assembly in Vietnam yesterday that legislators need to introduce into the processes the requirement for an annual report from the government on the status of the SDGs.

"We are all aware that we did not have an opportunity to participate in the discussions, the designs and the final output of the MDGs, yet we have all along been expected to carry out oversight, budget for them and facilitate implementation. We now have a unique opportunity to restate our position as a stakeholder," Kadaga said.

She said the IPU evaluates countries on the current progress of the MDGs and if there are gaps, action is taken to address the areas of deficiency. Members of Parliament are also pushing for specific committees to monitor the performance of SDGs. 

 

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Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

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