The Parliament and the Journey to the Implementation of SDGs in Lebanon

Oct 12, 2017

12th of October 2017 - The General Secretariat of the Lebanese Parliament, in cooperation with UNDP Lebanon, organized a two-day workshop on Thursday, tackling the role of the Lebanese Parliament in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Lebanon. The workshop was brought forth in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank and the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).

The workshop is considered the first of its kind, organized in relevance to the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund 2017 Spring Meetings. In addition to, its distinctive essence stems from the inclusion of the Lebanese Parliament, as a key player in the implementation of SDGs in Lebanon.

“Today, I am happy to see that the involvement of the Parliament is progressing in support of the SDGs,” said Philippe Lazzarini, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, in the opening address.

The first day of the workshop started with a briefing session about the SDGs and the objectives of the workshop. H.E. MP Mohammad Kabbani, the Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Works, Transportation, Energy and Water – spoke about the SDGs vis-à-vis transportation, energy and water, and how they could be implemented to advance these realms.

An overview of the workshop alongside the objectives of SDGs and the role of the Parliament in their implementation, was presented by UNDP Representative, Mr. Kevin Deveau. The first day of the workshop also witnessed an extended discussion on the preparedness of the Lebanese Parliament in the implementation, monitoring and structuring of the SDGs as well as implementation tools which can be adapted on the national context.

The second day of the workshop focused on the establishment of Parliamentary Action for the implementation of the SDGs. Therefore, the second day of the workshop rather dealt with a more emphasized and ‘hands-on’ approach under the Lebanese scope. From assessing the readiness and capacity of the nation, to identifying strategies and tools – the day ended with developing an action plan that compromises of parliamentary mechanisms and practices for implementing SDGs in Lebanon.

Indeed, the workshop paved the way for a new chapter in the road to SDGs implementation in Lebanon, highlighting the key role and responsibility the Parliament holds in regards to achieving the Goals nationally. It showed the how much partnership, collective works and efforts could work towards the achievement of a greater and common good. On the second day, a promising recommendation was brought to the table which suggested the establishment of a Parliamentary Committee solely dedicated to achieving and implementing the SDGs in Lebanon.

“The SDGs are an opportunity for the country to develop an ambitious and achievable shared vision of the Lebanon you want by 2030,” added Mr. Lazzarini.

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