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#DemocracyDay2016: Why parliaments matter to sustainable development

15 September 2016

Credits: UN Photos

Credits: UN Photos

Today, on 15 September 2016, AWEPA celebrates the International Day of Democracy and takes the opportunity to reflect on how democratic principles are upheld across the world.

This year’s theme ‘Democracy 2030’ explores the future of democracy, with a special focus on the role of parliaments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Democracy 2030 is an invitation to all parliaments to interrogate the present, to learn from the past and to prepare for the future of democracy.

Looking to the future, we know that the aspirations for a fairer world that are set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will only be met if democracy can be strengthened and people’s voices can be heard. Parliamentarians everywhere need to make the connection between the internationally-agreed development goals and the demands from their citizens, including for greater transparency and accountability as well as more participative and inclusive decision-making.

These principles lie at the core of AWEPA’s work to reinforce parliamentary democracy in Africa. As an organisation, we work to strengthen parliaments to help them to facilitate democracy, and promote human rights, peaceful conflict management, poverty reduction and sustainable development.

In our work with regional parliaments in Africa, for example, we take up the challenges and opportunities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help these parliaments to contribute to the long term peace, stability and prosperity of the African continent.

You can find out more about AWEPA’s programmes and work to strengthen parliaments, promote human rights and attain gender equality in our Annual Report 2015: