William McDermott, Project Coordinator
Merle Jasper, Project Officer
Alexandra Preperier, Research Assistant
About SSG/R, SDG16 and Parliaments
Sustainable Development Goal 16 aims to develop peaceful and just societies by building strong institutions, through targets 16.6 and 16.7, which focus on good governance and accountability of public institutions. Target 16.7 in particular seeks to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making. One of the most important decision-making bodies is parliament. Their involvement in SSG/R allows for a more participatory and inclusive process addressing the security needs of the entire population. In order to fulfil this function every segment of the population should be represented in decision-making. In this regard, attention must particularly be given to those who are frequently underrepresented such as women, ethnic and religious minorities. Beyond decision-making, parliaments also have a critical role to play in strengthening rule of law, providing access to information, combatting corruption and organized crime, among others, which are also objectives of SDG16.
The first year of the project focuses on parliaments as one of the most prominent oversight bodies of the state and their capacity to hold governments accountable for their commitments to SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda. Parliaments play an instrumental role in creating peaceful and just societies, through their five key functions: legislative, budgetary, oversight, elective and representative, and in their authority, ability and attitude to perform these roles.
The regional focus of the project for the first year is Eastern Europe.