Parliamentary partnership essential to implement the SDGs in the event of a pandemic

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – June 1, 2021): Participants in the Second Country Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) on Tuesday urged to promote parliamentary partnerships for regional integration and accelerate work on the implementation of the SDGs at the time of the ongoing pandemic.

During a discussion on “ the impact of COVID-19 on the implementation of the SDGs in the region ”, speakers from different participating countries highlighted the strengthening of regional links between the sharing of experiences of parliaments and better monitoring of progress at regional and national levels.

They also asked to analyze trends in the use of data to plan, review and assess the re-prioritization of regional government spending in favor of service delivery during COVID-19. They called for an interactive dialogue on increased accountability and transparency of the public budget from a spending perspective in the perspective of the SDGs.

The session was chaired by the head of the Parliamentary Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Riaz Fatyana, while the Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Dr Nausheen Hamid, and MPs, Dr Nafisa Shah and Dr Aisha Ghous Pasha, also spoke on related topics.

The main objective of this roundtable was to highlight the existing problems and examine the devastating setbacks caused by COVID-19, to identify international best practices and to chart the way forward for regional integration and Sustainable development.

The session covered three thematic discussion sessions: the COVID-19 vaccination race, open data for a more effective Covid-19 response and the implementation of the SDGs and what parliaments can do to achieve the SDGs. .

Addressing participants, Riaz Fatyana urged to strengthen the reporting mechanism on the implementation of the 2030 SDG Agenda. He said the world is committed to implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda on the horizon. 2030 with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by members of the United Nations (UN). States as of September 2015.

The unusual situation created by COVID-19 at the start of 2020 is influencing this commitment and undermining the general approach to adequacy by slowing the process towards achieving the 17 SDGs and shifting the development trajectory, he said. he adds.

He said the overall goal of “ leaving no one behind ” is threatened by current growing inequalities, while increasing global challenges, economic and financial shocks associated with COVID-19 make financing for sustainability even more so. difficult.

He said the impact of the pandemic on society was unclear, lasting and difficult to measure. As the world grapples with a third wave, there is an urgent need to take strong policy action in key priority areas to reduce the socio-economic fallout from the pandemic, he added.

He said a coherent and strategic response is needed to safeguard lives and livelihoods, requiring careful consideration from public representatives to ensure equitable access to the system for all vulnerable groups.

He said the role of parliamentarians is crucial for the transparency and effectiveness of initiatives developed in multiple sectors in response to the pandemic.

He said the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the business continuity of parliaments around the world and the oversight function of these institutions is also affected.

He said the SDGs have the potential to provide our communities with an overarching framework that can guide our thinking and imaginations to envision better future potentials. COVID-19 halted the advancement of Agenda 2030 for a while and affected the achievement of the SDGs, he added.

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