Arab Regional Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda - ESCWA
13-14 December 2021

Arab Regional Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda

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Parliaments are playing a critical role in the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The Arab Regional Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development offers a timely opportunity for regional dialogue and peer learning regarding the pandemic and for exploring possible solutions to common challenges.

The Forum considers the role of parliaments in ensuring that no one is left behind. It focuses on existing attempts to strengthen legislative frameworks to protect the rights of older persons, one of the region's most vulnerable groups facing intersectional challenges including health risks, poverty and exclusion.

Main discussion points:

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab region;
  • Parliaments’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through lawmaking, oversight, representative, and budgeting functions;
  • Parliaments’ role in ensuring no one is left behind during crisis response and in efforts to build back better, with a particular focus on older persons;
  • Parliaments’ institutional responses that have enabled their continued functioning despite restrictions on mobility and newly imposed safety requirements.

The Forum is jointly organized by ESCWA and the Inter-Parliamentary Union in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. Key messages will feed into the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development for 2022. It builds on previous events targeting parliamentarians in the region:

2020 - Arab Regional Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda: The impact of COVID-19 on SDG implementation and the role of parliaments

2019 - Arab Regional Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda

2017 - Regional Seminar for Parliamentarians on 2030 Agenda

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