The year 2015 marked a significant turning point to advance society! World leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), after three years of negotiations and the most comprehensive consultation process ever undertaken by the United Nations.
This political commitment to global development has been mobilising efforts and taking concrete actions that meet interconnected global challenges. But changes do not happen on paper, to build a better future for people and the planet, advocacy for SDGs should start at the national level.
With this understanding, the United Nations have underlined the critical role of Parliaments to direct national policies, programmes, and resources towards the successful implementation of SDGs. Women Political Leaders, the biggest global network of Parliamentarians around the world, praises this special attention to the role of Parliamentarians in light of the power these personalities have to translate commitment into concrete actions at national level.
A specific concretisation of this commitment is the Third World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development Goals hosted by he House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia on 4-5 September 2019 in Bali. The theme of the Forum is: “Combating Inequality through Social and Financial Inclusion”.
Among participants are partners and members of the Women Political Leaders (WPL) network, which includes members of Parliament, representatives of international organisations and government departments, and individuals interested in policy-making and the implementation of initiatives concerned with the sustainable development goals (SGDs). This Forum is a continuation of continuous engagement of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia in this field.
On the 12-13 September 2018, the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia hosted the Second edition of the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development (WPFSD) at The Patra Bali Hotel in Denpasar. The Forum was attended by 194 participants from 45 countries, 5 observers, and several international organisations, and resulted in the adoption of the “Bali Commitment”, which underlined the need for increased efforts to raise awareness among Parliamentarians a wider range of stakeholders.
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