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Lord Chidgey Speaks on behalf of AWEPA at London Conference

27 November 2013

House of Parliament in Westminster

House of Parliament in Westminster

London, United Kingdom – Lord Chidgey,  UK Governing Council Member and AWEPA Coordinator for Aid Effectiveness, delivered a key note speech on the role of parliaments in achieving sustainable development at an international conference in London.

The international parliamentary conference on the post-2015 development agenda (IPC POST-2015) was hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) UK and was supported by the UNDP. It brought together delegates from over sixty countries, including MPs from some 25 Commonwealth Member States, and it was held over three days in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Lord Chidgey addressed the conference:

“Now is the time for Parliaments to take a stronger role in the new global partnership for effective development.  If Parliaments don’t step up now, in scrutinising the decisions of Governments, they will lose the opportunity to help shape future relationships between the developed and the developing worlds.

“Parliaments often don’t have the resources to carry out their scrutiny role effectively, but continuing to bypass parliament because of perceived weaknesses, just further weakens rather than develops capacity.  A Parliament with teeth – one that can exercise its constitutional mandate, is in everyone’s interests.  This is why the quality of parliamentary oversight is such an important indicator of aid effectiveness.

“Parliaments should be involved from an early stage in aid and development agreements.  They need to send a strong message to the aid community.  Parliamentary scrutiny is the cornerstone of oversight and the quality of oversight is vital to development.”