AWEPA at the HLM2: lobbying to promote the role of parliaments in development cooperation

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AWEPA at the HLM2: lobbying to promote the role of parliaments in development cooperation

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Nairobi, Kenya – AWEPA was actively engaged in the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), a two-day meeting which brought together Ministers and high-level officials from around the world to amplify the positive impact of development co-operation over the next 15 years.

The event, hosted by the Government of Kenya in Nairobi on 28 November-1 December 2016, had the following objectives:

  • To take stock of the implementation of development effectiveness principles and commitments;
  • To provide a learning space on development effectiveness, showcasing successful examples;
  • To identify innovative approaches to sustainable development that can be scaled up;
  • To position the Global Partnership to effectively contribute to implementation of the SDGs and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

A delegation of AWEPA members, staff, and partners from Africa’s regional and national parliaments lobbied for stronger involvement of parliaments in effective development cooperation throughout the event. This involvement stems from AWEPA’s firm belief that strong parliaments – in their role as arbiters of peace, stability and prosperity – lie at the heart of long-term sustainable development.

Events organised by AWEPA on the sidelines of the HLM2 include:

  • A preparatory Parliamentary Forum, held on 29 November, on the urgent need to strengthen the input of parliaments in development cooperation processes that are taking place at the global level. Attended by over 130 participants, primarily members of parliament, the Forum explored a range of issues, related to development financing and the role of parliaments.
  • A side event on “The role of parliamentarians and citizens in strengthening accountability in Development Cooperation, held on 30 November. Here, participants had the chance to discuss key steps to move forward.

In addition, a number of AWEPA’s members and partners from parliaments in Europe and Africa, were able to deliver interventions throughout the HLM2, strengthening the voice of parliaments throughout the debate. Key speakers during the event included:

    •  Hon. Odette Nyiramilimo; Member (Rwanda) of the EALA participated as a panelist in the amphitheatre session “From Global Goals to Action: Unleashing the power of partnerships”
    •  Hon. Auxilia Mnangagwa, Member (Zimbabwe) of the SADC-Parliamentary Forum spoke from the floor in the plenary session “Moving forward: How effective development can deliver on the 2030 agenda”
    • Hon. Mike Kamboto Ratoveni spoke from the floor in the session “Our Shared Future: Achieving prosperous business prosperous society, and a prosperous environment”
    • Head of AWEPA’s Irish Section, Hon. Maureen O’Sullivan, spoke in the panel on “Our Greatest Challenge: Leaving no one behind” while Hon. Dr. Jonas Chanda, Member of Parliament from Zambia, was a first respondent from the floor in the same session.

SADC parliamentarians share their views on their views on the role of parliament in development cooperation.

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