Somali Parliaments highlighted as key actors in achieving the SDGs in Somalia
4 December 2018 Mogadishu. Members of both houses of the Somali Federal Parliament have this week taken part in a two-day consultative event, on the role parliaments play in achieving and holding the Government to account on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Regional assemblies and district councils also attended the event, which saw participants recommend the creation of parliamentary committee on SDGs, and to continue building private sector and public partnerships to achieve the Goals.
The event was led by the National Federal Parliament with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Somalia, under a UNDP project that supports the parliament to enact legislation and ensure the effective and inclusive implementation of the SDGs. The project is part of a larger regional UNDP Arab States programme called ‘Parliaments for Agenda 2030’, which has been developed in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank, and for which Somalia had been chosen as a pilot country.
In his opening speech, the Second Deputy Speaker of the Upper House of the Federal Parliament, Hon. Mowlid Hussein Guhad, highlighted the essential part parliaments play in achieving the 2030 Goals. “Parliaments enact legislation that bring communities and different parts of society together, which is crucial to the implementation of the SDGs,” he said.
In her remarks, Nahid Hussein, UNDP Somalia Chief Technical Advisor for Inclusive Politics, said that both Somali Federal and State Parliaments are central to the development agenda and to ensuring the SDGs were implemented accountably. “Parliaments can hold the executive branch of government accountable during the SDG negotiation process, and ensure transparency in the process of implementation, so that all Somalis benefit,” she said.
Ms. Hussein added that for SDGs to succeed in Somalia, legal implementation on the national and state level is required.
“Parliamentarians as legislators are therefore uniquely positioned to influence the shape and content of their respective national development agendas and its implementation processes,” she concluded.
As a next step, the legislative institutions in Somalia will begin a capacity needs assessment for the parliament to monitor the implementation of the SDGs, and begin the development of strategies to assist with localising the SDGs for Somali communities.