Reaching Millennium Development Goals: What is the Role of Legislatures?
Members of Parliament, Members of Provincial Legislatures, government ministers, representatives from the United Nations Development Programme, representatives from the SA Local Government Association, civil society organisations and academics will meet next week (5-6 September) at Parliament to examine, on the one hand, how the legislative sector could improve on its oversight processes to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are met, and, on the other hand, how the involvement of civil society organisations and institutions of higher learning could contribute towards that.
The two-day seminar will focus on the role of legislatures in meeting the MDGs, adopted in 2000 by all member states of the United Nations General Assembly.
It will also interrogate the report of the South African Legislatures, consult with stakeholders and role-players and ensure that the SA legislative sector makes a contribution to the South African report on the MDGs.
Following the seminar, a report will be tabled and debated in the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces. The report will be utilised by Members representing Parliament in multilateral forums dealing with MDGs, such as United Nations committees and subcommittees and the International Parliamentary Union (IPU).
The eight MDGs for reducing extreme poverty by the year 2015 are:
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education;
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women;
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality;
Goal 5: Improve maternal health;
Goal 6: Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability; and
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development.
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Media wishing to attend the seminar should RSVP Nolizwi Magwagwa on 021 403 2465 or 083 313 1323 or at email@example.com by 17:30 today, Friday 2 September 2011.
ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES