The Houses of Parliament outreach service in collaboration with AlphaZULU Advocates is holding a public session in United Nations Week in October to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders to discuss the UK Government's commitment to strategic development goals and coherent policies for strategic plans at national and international levels.
Sarah Hartwell-Naguib, Clerk of the International Development Committee will talk about the Committee's current inquiries and how relevant stakeholders can contribute to its scrutiny of Government policy on international development.
There will be contributions from a panel including representatives from the UN and OECD, there will also be representatives from other organisations, to be announced.
Questions to be debated include:
- How fit for purpose is the UN to drive Governments to align domestic and foreign policies with the 2030 Agenda?
- Why is there so much fuss about achieving global environmental targets? Can the global population survive if we concentrate efforts solely on social and economic development?
- If partnerships must be built to achieve the SDGs, how do we forge cordial relations between profit-centred organisations and non-profit/development organisations; and what is the role of Government?
- How does the UK Government ensure that the most affected people are engaged in its policy processes, both at domestic and foreign levels? And how does the UK Government ensure that the three pillars of sustainable development – People, Planet and Profit – are central to its policies?
- How can gender imbalance in global Parliaments affect International Development?
- What are the indicators for measuring the impact of policies on human rights or vice-versa? How would plans to replace the Human Rights Act with the British Bill of Rights impact on the synchrony of global human rights framework for sustainable development?
- Who are the key funders for policy advocacy programming and how is viability determined?
- Do we need faith organisations for the continued provision of moral, social and policy institutions for human development and resilience? If we do, how we protect global peace and sustainability from religious fanaticism related violence?
There are limited places at this event and places are available on a first come first served basis. If a waiting list is formed then this will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, places are non-transferable.
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UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service
The Houses of Parliament's Outreach and Engagement Service spreads awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament, encouraging greater engagement between the public and the House of Commons and House of Lords.
The service works in partnership with a diverse range of organisations, from local community groups and businesses to national campaign networks and NGOs.
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