NA begins training to implement, monitor SDGs

Friday, November 23, 2018

National Assembly Wednesday began a refresher training in preparation for the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country.

Held at a hotel in Banjul, the training is being funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Clerk of the National Assembly Momodou Ceesay said the training would equip the legislators with the requisite knowledge to effectively perform their roles in bringing the attention of the public and media on SDGS. This, he said, would also encourage accountability towards the attainment of the set target goals.

Sering Fallou Njie, national policy adviser at the Office of the President said legislators have four core roles to play in the attainment of the SDGs and this include their representational role, legislative role and resource appropriation and oversight roles. “These roles are pivotal in the implementation of the SDGs and National Development Plan.

Seraphine Wakana, UNDP resident representative said implementation of the SDGs is a global call and one of the key recommendations is to align the committee system of the National Assembly with SDGs, which are mandated, to provide oversight in the implementation of the National Development Plan and by extension the SDGs.

She urged lawmakers to be collaborative in the struggle to achieve SDGs, while assuring that UNPD would remain committed to supporting the development agenda of the country.

National Assembly Speaker Mariam Jack Denton cited that ‘if lawmakers are to champion the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs’, their understanding of the goals must be built and localized.

 “SDGs should also be mainstreamed within the National Assembly mechanisms, oversight and monitoring SDG implementation and ensuring that SDGs serve the most vulnerable-social inclusion.”

Author: Fatou Bojang