|Parliaments from across the world reaffirmed their vision of sustainable development based on human rights, poorly eradication, peace and security in the Ha Noi Declaration, adopted at the conclusion of the five-day meeting in the Vietnamese capital. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) have committed to taking the necessary action to carry forward proposed new sustainable development goals (SDGs) due to be adopted later this year.
The success of the SDGs would transform the world and the lives of people globally, said delegates at a meeting today at the ongoing 132nd IPU Assembly in Ha Noi.
Parliaments from across the world reaffirmed their vision of sustainable development based on human rights, poorly eradication, peace and security in the Ha Noi Declaration, adopted at the conclusion of the five-day meeting in the Vietnamese capital.
Supporting an ambitious set of 17 goals, IPU Members committed to translating them into enforceable domestic laws to hold governments to accountable, and pledged to align budgets with national development plans.
The Ha Noi Declaration, the result of a debate on the The Sustainable Development Goals: Turning Words into Action, highlighted the need for institutions such as parliaments, and decision-making processes to be strengthened.
In a decision-laden 132nd Assembly hosted by the Vietnamese National Assembly, the IPU adopted several resolutions that could impact global peace and security.
National parliaments are being called to implement international treaties and resolutions on water management and the human right to water and sanitation through laws and budget allocations.
With water scarcity already affecting one in every three people globally, and in the absence of effective management of this critical resource, two thirds of the world's population will be facing water shortages by 2025. Urbanisation, population growth, climate change and environmental degradation are just some of the many factors putting enormous stress on water supplies around the world.
The IPU resolution calls on parliaments to advocate a dedicated and comprehensive water and sanitation goal in the new SDGs as access to clean water and sanitation remains part of the "unfinished business" of the Millennium Development Goals.
Nearly 750 million people lack access to cleaner water, and 2.5 billion are without improved sanitation.
Effective water governance is also required to make sure conflicts between communities and States are avoided.
IPU members also identified a comprehensive series of measures to counter the growing threat of cyber warfare to peace and global security, whilst acknowledging the need to strike a balance between security concerns and the respect for privacy and e-development priorities.
In a final resolution adopted by the Ha Noi IPU Assembly on international law on national sovereignty and non intervention in the internal affairs of States and human rights, IPU members reaffirmed a commitment to democracy and equitable international order based on the rule of law.
Amongst the other key outcomes from the assembly was the decision to carry out a fact-finding parliamentary mission to Syria in the coming three months.
Sixty-six parliaments and organisations also formally endorsed the common Principle of Support to Parliament at a ceremony during the assembly.
The common principles aim to improve the quality of the support available to parliaments through better co-ordination, planning and design of parliamentary development programmes. — VNS