NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, chairperson of IPU-132, addresses the closing session of the 132nd IPU Assembly __Photo: VNA
Parliaments from across the world have committed to taking the necessary action to carry forward proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) due to be adopted later this year.
They reaffirmed their vision of sustainable development based on human rights, poverty eradication, peace and security in the Hanoi Declaration which was adopted at the conclusion of the five-day 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) in Vietnam’s capital.
Speaking on April 1 at the closing session of the IPU-132, Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) and Chairman of the IPU-132 Nguyen Sinh Hung said, with the adoption of the Hanoi Declaration, the parliamentarians from 133 countries and 23 international and regional parliamentary organizations committed to promote the implementation of SDGs through 2030.
The Hanoi Declaration, the result of a debate on “The Sustainable Development Goals: Turning Words into Action,” raised the voice of parliaments, contributing to protecting peace and enhancing cooperation among nations, the NA’s top leader said, adding that the declaration would be submitted as an official document to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 for approval.
In the Hanoi Declaration, the parliamentarians pledged to strive toward a better and more equitable distribution of resources, stating that both developed and developing countries should work together, based on common but differentiated principles, in order to advance toward a common model of inclusive and sustainable growth.
“People are more than taxpayers and consumers; they are citizens endowed with rights and responsibilities toward each other. We must invest in them - their health, nutrition, education, and skills - as our most important resource,” reads the declaration.
The parliamentarians committed to do their utmost to strengthen national ownership of the SDGs, particularly by making them known to their constituents.