On Monday, a delegation from the People’s Assembly participated in the main session of the Parliamentary Forum, which is being held on sidelines of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development at the UN headquarters in New York.
The session discussed the main topic of the High-level Political Forum, which is “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality” and the role of the parliaments in implementing the 2030 agenda for lasting development.
The basic challenges and obstacles facing states and nations, while they seek to reach economic and social development, was also on the table.
The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Gabriela Barron, during the opening of the session, affirmed that achieving the goals of sustainable development is a participatory operation for which the government are responsible meanwhile the parliaments should develop the legislations and supervise its implementation.
Barron underlined the importance of establishing real partnerships with the private, academic and educational sectors.
For her part, MP Sanaa Abou Zaid shed light on the importance of the parliamentarians’ role in representing the rights of people and their needs and aspirations for realizing peace, security and prosperity, which form the main bases of implementing the sustainable development of the 2030 agenda.
Abou Zaid presented a briefing on the fierce terrorist war waged against Syria, which has caused widespread destruction to infrastructure and the environment and sought to undermine the developmental achievements realized by Syria before the war.
She indicated that the terrorist war waged against Syria has caused damages to the production sectors, adding that this war came in parallel with the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on the Syrian people, which have been raised to the level of economic siege.
Abou Zaid affirmed that the unilateral coercive economic measures, the support provided to terrorists and the foreign occupation will continue to threaten and block any efforts exerted by the international community for achieving sustainable development.
On Saturday, the Parliamentary Forum, which the International Parliamentary Union called for as a part of its contribution to the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development, started activities at the UN headquarters in New York with the participation of a delegation from the People’s Assembly.
The High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development is held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council under the title “Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”.
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