This report summarizes the discussions held during an online webinar gathering members of Parliament (MPs) from Colombia, the Gambia, Georgia and Nepal to share their experiences, good practices and other mechanisms in how they are currently contributing to realizing the good governance ambitions of SDG16, and how COVID-19 is impacting these efforts.
The virtual meeting focuses on the crucial role of parliaments in promoting the nexus between peace and sustainable development envisaged under SDG16. Through their role as one of the most prominent oversight bodies of the state, parliaments hold governments accountable for their commitments under the 2030 Agenda, and ensure that national security sectors operate within a framework of democratic civilian control, rule of law and respect for human rights – thereby contributing to peace, justice and security. This oversight function is especially critical during times of crisis, as we are facing today with the challenges posed by COVID-19.
The webinar was recorded and can be watched here: https://dcaf.ch/parliaments-role-linking-good-security-sector-governance-sdg16-amid-covid-19