Lesotho National Assembly and Senate discuss perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Senate at SDG workshop

Maseru, 27 November 2015 

A joint debrief session on Nationalizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Honourable Members of the Senate and the National Assembly shared perspectives on the parliamentary engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) today at the UN House.

The Honourable Vice President of the Senate Futho Hoohlo and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Lebohang Fine Maema KC proceeded with an exchange of views on the role of Parliament and Parliamentarians in carrying forward the 2030 Agenda in presence of UN Resident Coordinator Karla Hershey.

During this week, upon the initiation of the United Nations System in Lesotho, members of the two chambers of the Lesotho Parliament followed awareness raising workshops on the Parliament’s role in mainstreaming the SDGs into national development plans and strategies through their legislative functions.

“Due to its world-wide network, the UN has the capacity to work with and support parliaments and parliamentarians to play a key role in the success of the SDGs. This success will require both the leadership of the Executive and the oversight role of Parliament in ensuring accountability structures and that laws, policies and budgetary allocations are aligned to the eradication of hunger and poverty, the fight against maternal mortality, HIV and AIDS, reduce inequalities, ensure peace; and promote human rights, effective governance and the rule of law”, said UN Resident Coordinator Karla Hershey.

During the workshop for the National Assembly held this week, the Honourable Speaker Ntlhoi Motsami underlined the high commitment of the lower house of Parliament to the 2030 agenda and ensured “a genuine political will to support the global commitment to break the cycle of poverty and improve peoples’ lives”.

“Parliamentarians play crucial role in providing leadership, bringing the Goals to the communities and involving all Basotho in their implementation”, said Honourable Vice-President of the Senate during the Workshop opening for Senate.

Both, members of the National Assembly and the Senate deliberated on their roles in the engagement on the 2030 agenda and the prioritization of development efforts in the framework of the SDGs, building on the lessons learnt from the Millennium Development Goals that come to an end in 2015.

The joint debrief session provided guidance with regard to the future national processes on SDGs. The 2030 Agenda, along the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and underpinning 169 targets, pushes for widespread recognition of the need for a more active participation of different stakeholders in the national implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. In this vein, members of both chambers underlined the need to systematize the Parliament’s efforts in terms of SDGs and evoked the possibility of a Sustainable Development committee in the houses of Parliament.

Both, Members of the Senate and the National Assembly reiterated the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals for Lesotho as a chance to improve the lives of Basotho throughout the next 15 years.

The SDGs will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

 

For further information, contact:

Ms. Asel Abdurahmanova, Coordination Specialist, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Lesotho

Tel: (+266) 22317390           Cell: (+266) 50.83.68.38           Email: asel.abdurahmanova@one.un.org