Fiji Parliamentarians Engage In COP23 Issues

Speaker: parliaments and parliamentarians needed to complement the Gov's efforts by playing their legislative and oversight functions, are at the heart of achieving Sustainable Development Goals

By Talebula Kate

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, August 15, 2017) – Mmbers of the Fijian Parliament are currently engaged in a three-day intensive awareness session on key development issues, focusing on the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Trade and Development Minerals.

While addressing parliamentarians at Fiji Marriot Resort, Momi Bay, Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni said parliaments and parliamentarians needed to complement the Government's efforts by playing their legislative and oversight functions in an effective and efficient manner that commensurate with the national and international climate change initiative.

"Parliaments are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals. As SDG 16 suggests, strong, transparent, accountable and inclusive institutions are key for the achievement of all of the goals," Dr Luveni said.

"This is why the Fijian Parliament needs to take an active part in progressing the SDGs."

Meanwhile, Country director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji, and Head of Pacific Regional Programme and Policy, Bakhodir Burkhanov, said: "Fiji is uniquely positioned to lead the world to achieve a successful outcome at COP23."

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