Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)delegates
|Story by George Sanzila
The Parliament of Namibia and UNESCO are conducting a two-day workshop that commenced today, 24 April in the National Assembly Chamber. The workshop aims to impart knowledge and skills regarding inter-culturally for the strengthening of a culture of peace in the region of Southern Africa and to promote the use of culture of peace as a tool for inclusive laws and policy formulation in Namibia.
This initiative is in response to the proclamation made by the United Nations General Assembly which declared the period 2013-2022 as the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (IDRC). The IDRC is advocating for the fostering of mutual understanding and cooperation for peace, based on the principle of respect for the inherent dignity of all persons.
The UNESCO Representative to Namibia, Dr. Jean-Pierre Ilboudo, when addressing Members of Parliament; highlighted that the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Parliamentarians are at the forefront of realizing the SDGs given that they are responsible for translating the SDGs into national laws. Moreover, parliamentarians represent different political parties and social groups. They are the nucleus of diversity and so sensitizing them on intercultural dialogue is the most effective way to create a political culture of peace, dialogue, and respect for differences.
The Speaker of the National Assembly; Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi, in his opening remarks, stressed the important role Parliamentarians can play in providing a communication platform to bridge the governments-citizens divide. He stated that “by bringing the Sustainable Development Goals and the culture of peace to the attention of the public and the media, we further promote accountability at all levels.” The workshop is facilitated by Gilbert M. Khadiagala, professor of International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand, technical experts from academia and UNESCO are part of the invited participants.