Lao and foreign lawmakers met in Vientiane at a workshop on legislating for the full achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) goals and targets.
The workshop was co-held by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) and the Lao Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (LAPPD).
The workshop was held on Tuesday in Vientiane Capital and was attended by President of LAPPD Dr Somphou Douangsavanh, Executive Director of AFPPD Dr Mika Marumoto and relevant officials.
The goals of this workshop are to educate and motivate Lao parliamentarians to address population and development issues within the 2030 Agenda framework, further strengthening parliamentarians’ advocacy skills to champion targeted priority issues.
The two-day workshop also aims to better inform Lao Members of Parliament (MPs) on the SDGs in relation to the AFPPD Strategic Priorities Framework and the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) agenda, their targets and indicators, focusing on national commitments and priorities, to increase MPs’ knowledge of international standards and good practices on ICPD-related legislation and policies, especially related to AFPPD’s strategic priority issues.
In so doing, a special focus will be placed on Lao PDR’s development plans including the 8th Five-year National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2016-2020, the National Plan of Action on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women and Violence against Children 2014-2020, and the National Strategy and Plan of Action on the Prevention and Elimination of Child Labour 2014-2020.
AFPPD Strategic Priorities Framework 2016-2019 will also be taken into consideration in priority setting for the AFPPD-LAPPD collaborative work for activities under the current strategic cycle.
The workshop will roll out AFPPD’s resource materials, including parliamentarians’ Briefing Cards 2016, which focus on good practices on legislation, policies and programmes related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, investing in youth and active ageing.
It also aims to increase MPs’ capacity to legislate for full achievement of AFPPD’s strategic priority targets and to expand the pool of parliamentarians who have sufficient knowledge to advocate for AFPPD’s strategic priority issues and the ICPD agenda.
Source: Lao News Agency