On December 14, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution on "Enhancing the role of parliaments in accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals"
The adoption of the resolution was proposed by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in 2020.
The resolution emphasizes the importance of parliamentary involvement in renewed commitment to unity, solidarity and multilateral cooperation to support an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development, leaving no one behind.
The General Assembly calls on Member States to promote the engagement and support of parliaments in the follow-up and review processes of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the preparation of voluntary national reviews, in order to ensure and strengthen national ownership and accountability.
The main attention is paid to ensuring gender equality, which should be a central element of efforts to accelerate progress toward achieving the SDGs by promoting the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in parliaments and their processes.
The resolution recognizes the contribution of youth to the full and successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and therefore recommends that parliaments seek ways to achieve the full, equal and meaningful participation of youth in parliamentary processes, as appropriate, related to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
The document was co-sponsored by 80 Member States from all continents of the world.
The resolution was warmly welcomed by UN entities and other international organizations. It is emphasized that the resolution will become a guide for parliamentarians, mobilizing their efforts in the accelerated implementation of the SDGs.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union considers this document an important step in preparing for the SDG Summit, which will be held in September 2023 as part of the High Level General Debate of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.