Nairobi, Kenya – On 7-8 September 2015, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in collaboration with AWEPA, organised a two-day workshop to sensitise regional legislators on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the post-2015 Development Agenda and their role in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the East African Community (EAC) sub-region.
The theme of the workshop was the “Role of EALA in implementing the SDGs: Promoting peaceful and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable development” and EALA Members gathered to discuss how best to ensure the Post 2015 set objectives are realised, from poverty reduction to achieving food security, enhancing gender equality and many others.
The meeting also analysed performance at the EAC level, hindrances and challenges learnt from MDGs while focusing in particular on EALA’s mandate in promoting good governance, Transparency and Accountability.
The workshop brought together Members of EALA and resource persons from institutions working round the clock to ensure Africa’s concerns are fully taken on board when the SDGs are rolled out, such as the Society for International Development, the Africa Platform and the Institute for Economic Affairs.
Addressing the legislators, EALA Speaker, Rt. Hon. Daniel F. Kidega maintained that Parliaments had a fundamental role to play in ensuring implementation of the SDGs.
“We must take a more prominent role in ensuring full realization of the SDGs. I can guarantee you that the fate of the SDGs will be equally sealed if Parliaments do not enact their own action plans and take up the mantle on some of the relevant areas to their mandate”, he highlighted.
The United Nations will hold a global Summit in New York on 25-27 September 2015 to adopt the Post 2015 Development Agenda.