ESDN Policy Briefs are synthesis documents from the ESDN Conferences, Workshops, and Peer Learning Platforms and Visits. Policy Briefs are not only based on presentations given by keynote speakers, but also on the outputs generated by interactive group work between policymakers and experts in sustainable development during these events, which culminate in jointly made recommendations with respect to the topic of the specific ESDN event.

Recommendations for Parliamentary Involvement in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

September 2021

The 2030 Agenda, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is an all-encompassing agenda for the whole world. It has been adopted by the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly and every country has to contribute to achieving them, both at home and abroad. While the main mandate for implementation lies with governments, parliaments play a crucial role. They do not only put pressure on the government and hold it accountable, they also draft and approve legislation, are involved in the budgetary process and involve stakeholders and citizens. This ESDN Policy Brief examines how parliaments in Europe can be more effectively involved in SDG implementation. It is based on a survey of 25 parliaments in Europe, as well as the presentations and discussions at the 19th ESDN Workshop, which had over 100 participants, including many parliamentarians, policymakers, and sustainable development experts from over 15 countries.

Questions on Parliamentary Involvement in SDG Implementation

  1. What different mechanisms and tools can parliamentarians make use of to engage with the 2030 Agenda?
  2. What are the challenges that inhibit effective involvement?
  3. What do different forms of effective involvement look like?

Policy Recommendations

  1. Find an effective structure that works for your parliament
  2. Assess where you stand, and monitor and measure progress
  3. Raise awareness and create political will
  4. Overcome silos
  5. Involve all stakeholders

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