Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (left) with UNDP Resident Representative, H.E. Alka Bathia
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek- Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has reiterated the need for parliament to constitute an oversight committee dedicated to oversee the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hon. Katjavivi said this when he met the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Namibia, H.E. Alka Bathia today. He believes such a committee will not only help meet the SDGs targets whose deadline comes to an end in 2030, but also support efforts to alleviate some of the many socio economic challenges that continue to hamper development.
The Speaker further noted that Namibia is part of the United Nations and the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and has therefore committed herself to the implementation of SDGs.
“We want to engage the UNDP to oversee the whole process. We would want a committee that is capacitated. There is a need to be innovative especially given the precarious situation we find ourselves in”, said the Speaker.
H.E. Bathia, who pledged her agency’s support echoed similar sentiments adding that parliament was an indomitable partner in the implementation of SDGs.
“Parliament is a very important partner in terms of implementation of SDGs. Budgets are discussed in parliament. We would want to know to what extent are these budgets responding to the implementation of SDGs. As you might be aware we are only left with ten years to meet these targets. We are willing to develop tools that will help in the implementation of SDGs in the most cost effective use of resources and track progress.
The Resident Representative also revealed that an SDGs online hub platform that could provide useful information to parliament was active. UNDP will also help parliament in implementing the just launched Namibian Public Sector Innovation Policy.
SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals intended to achieve a better and sustainable future for all. Set in 2015 and ending in 2030, they aim to tackle specific socio economic challenges such as ending hunger and poverty and improving quality education, clean water and energy among many other issues.