Parliament is slated to host a three-day regional seminar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.
Under the auspices of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), Members of Parliament from 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa will host the first ever seminar, to help Parliamentarians understand their role in the implementation of the SDGs.
Some of the SDGs include ending poverty in all its forms everywhere, ending hunger and achieving food security, ensure healthy lives, ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education and achieve gender equality.
Others are ensuring availability and sustainability of water; access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, among others.
According to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who addressed the media at Parliament today, the seminar will be an opportunity for parliaments to identify and define the challenges and opportunities for their legislatures as they support governments and local communities to achieve these global goals for sustainable development.
“Our mandate as the legislative body is to ensure that government implements the 2030 global agenda for inclusive and sustainable development for all Ugandans,” Kadaga said.
The Speaker said Uganda’s parliament has committed to carry out effective oversight of the SDGs, promote knowledge and ownership of them through engaging the respective constituencies as well as allocate resources to enable parliamentarians effectively participate in their implementation.
The seminar will be held between 1st to 3rd March.