Members of National Assembly discuss the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development



Maseru, 25 November 2015

A working session on Nationalizing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development: awareness raising session with Honourable Members of the National Assembly was held at Lesotho Avani Hotel, at the initiative of the United Nations System.
The Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly N. Motsami proceeded with the official opening ceremony,
in the presence of the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Karla Hershey, Members of Parliament, UN Agencies and
Members of the Lesotho National Assembly were among the first groups of African parliamentarians to take
part in the awareness raising session which had the aim of creating a common understanding of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs)/ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development process. Another objective of the
session was to promote ownership and leadership of national parliamentarians over the 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development, as well as identify appropriate strategies and mechanisms for effective
engagement of parliamentarians, and key stakeholders, in the national delivery and monitoring of the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This working session provided guidance with regard to the implementation of national agenda plans and
policies. 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.
The discussions also focused on the responsibilities of Members of Parliament with regard to legislating,
overseeing policy development and implementation and approving budgets. In addition to their duty of
oversight function and scrutinising on behalf of their constituents, Members of Parliament are uniquely
positioned to raise issues of concern in order to adjust development policies and make them more effective
and address the needs of citizens.
The UN System also engaged both chambers of Parliament to share information and
build awareness on this new agenda and to develop with Parliament an understanding of how the institutions
can ensure the mainstreaming of the SDGs into national policies and development plans through its
legislative functions.

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) Email: