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Home SPEAKER HERMINIE CALLED FOR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS BY POLITICAL LEADERS IN SECURING A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

Saturday 5th September, 2015

SPEAKER HERMINIE CALLED FOR EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS BY POLITICAL LEADERS IN SECURING A BETTER FUTURE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie is back in the country
Speaker Herminie addressing the conference

following a three-day mission at the United Nation in New York where he attended the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.
The Conference, organized by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) with the support of the United Nation (UN), was held under the theme “Placing Democracy at the Service of Peace and Sustainable Development: Building the World the People want”. The aim was to discuss parliaments’ role in translating the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into concrete action through the passing of legislations, making budget allocations and holding governments accountable to the people. This came ahead of the UN Heads of States Summit on the SDGs due to take place at the UN Headquarters in New York later this month when it is expected that the new set of SDGs will be adopted by all countries of the world.

The SDGs contain 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues such as ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education and combating climate change. They are to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) once they expire at the end of 2015.

Lamenting the fact that still 1 billion people worldwide are living in squalid poverty and millions of children are dying before reaching the age of five, the Speaker welcomed the new development agenda and called for financial support from rich industrialised countries as well as political commitment to use the SDGs to frame national agendas, policies and programmes over the next fifteen years.

The Speaker also emphasized on the need to strengthen the sovereignty and independence of parliaments so that they can better play their role of oversight in holding governments to account.

The Speaker further informed the conference that Seychelles was particularly keen to see the accomplishment of goals 13 and 14 which pertain to climate change, as well as the tapping of marine resources.

“These are imperative for   the sustainable development of island states”, he said

The Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament was officially opened by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon and the IPU President, Hon. Saber Chowdhury. Mr. Forest Whitaker, actor, humanist and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, delivered the keynote address to the conference.

The World Conference of Speakers of Parliament is held every five years.



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