The Consultative Seminar on the role of Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals will be held on 5 and 6 September 2011.
The seminar is held mainly to interrogate the report of the SA Legislatures, to consult with stakeholders and role-players and to ensure that the SA Legislative Sector makes a contribution to the South African Report on the Millennium Development Goals.
In September 2000, the world’s leaders met in New York to set out a new global vision to strengthen efforts for peace, human rights, democracy, strong governance, environmental sustainability and poverty eradication. South Africa, together with another 188 countries, adopted the resulting Millennium Declaration, which committed signatories to ambitious targets with clearly defined deadlines. The roadmap for achieving the Declaration’s commitments resulted in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), consisting of eight Goals, 21 indicators and 60 official targets to be achieved by 2015.
South Africa’s first country progress report on the MDGs was submitted in 2005, followed by the mid-term country report in 2007, which provided an update of progress and challenges at the mid-point of the MDG period. The country’s most recent progress report was published in 2010, which recorded some of the achievements and challenges to date. The 2011 global MDG Report, while recognising some of the most notable achievements globally, suggests that further and faster movement towards the achievement of the MDGs will require a revitalised global partnership, expeditious delivery on commitments already made, and a responsive transition to a more environmentally sustainable future. In this respect, Parliaments have a critical role to play, since experience bears testimony to the fact that in countries where Parliaments have fully exercised their legislation and oversight responsibility in relation to the MDGs, it proved very effective for increasing accountability of Government actions on the MDGs.
REPORT ON THE ROLE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT AND THE PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURES IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MDGs