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Parliaments: Linking Good Security Sector Governance to SDG16



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.

Key Resources

Outputs of the Project:

High-Level Events

Multiple high-level policy events are organized each year to familiarize and influence policy makers with parliaments’ integral role within the 2030 Agenda, to sensitize parliaments with their role in the Agenda, and to contribute to the policy discourse.
Report: Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development: Panel Summary
Video: Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development: Panel Recording
Report: United Nations High Level Political Forum Side Event: Summary
Video: United Nations High Level Political Forum Side Event: Recording

Research Products

This project also creates various knowledge products to situate SSG/R in the context of the SDG16 and the 2030 Agenda:
  • Research papers on SSR framing the role of SSG/R in relation to the 2030 Agenda and one of the respective parliaments.
  • Voluntary National Review (VNR) mapping studies which aims at reviewing all VNRs with a focus on the extent SSG/R and parliaments feature within VNRs, and to identify good practices.
  • Country case studies providing in-depth analysis of noteworthy parliaments.
  • Handbooks for each respective year compiling all resources, lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations generated throughout the year’s research, policy events and workshops into one comprehensive source
  • Backgrounders summarizing the key lessons learned and results of the project into a concise overview

National and Regional Workshops

The project also organizes annual workshops to put the research and policy discussions into practice and with a view of peer-sharing between parliaments.
  • National Workshop – together with national actors, DCAF co-hosts multi-stakeholder workshops on a national level to provide detailed guidance generated in the above deliverables for that state to develop their own tailored approach towards achieving SDG16
  • Regional Workshop – scaling up the lessons and good practices learned from the national workshops, DCAF co-hosts regional workshops to provide guidance to states in that region on their role in how they can more effectively implement and achieve SDG16