In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will inform their development agendas and policies over the next 15 years. Parliaments have a crucial role to play in advancing the integration of the SDGs and monitoring national progress, while both holding governments accountable for the goals they have subscribed to and also making sure that enabling laws are passed and budgets adopted.
It is within this framework that the Parliament of Uganda and the Inter-Parliamentary Union are jointly organizing a Regional Seminar on Sustainable Development Goals for the Parliaments of Sub-Saharan Africa. The Seminar will take place in Kampala from 1 till 3 March 2017 and will be part of a series of IPU regional seminars to advance the work and contribution of parliaments to the SDGs.
The seminar will discuss what parliaments need in order to exercise their legislative, oversight, budgetary and representative functions, and it will encourage participants to identify how to strengthen national commitments and regional cooperation in order to achieve these goals. Special emphasis will be placed on the issues of governance, climate change and health policies.
Proceedings will be conducted in English, French and Portuguese.