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Presentation by Dyfan Jones International Expert on Parliamentary Development. Mdgs in parliament: watchdogs for development. The MDGs. UN General Assembly adopted the MD and the MDGs in 2000 Mandated the UN to be the scorekeeper of progress towards achieving the MDGs - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Parliamentary Engagement with the MDGs

Mdgs in parliament:watchdogs for developmentPresentation by Dyfan JonesInternational Expert on Parliamentary Development

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The MDGsUN General Assembly adopted the MD and the MDGs in 2000Mandated the UN to be the scorekeeper of progress towards achieving the MDGsThe eight MDGs break down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators

2The starting point: Redressable InjusticeWhat moves us, reasonably enough, is not the realization that the world falls short of being completely just which few of us expect but that there are clearly remediable injustices around us which we want to eliminateAmartya Sen, The Idea of Justice

Identifying and addressing redressable injustice is central to the notion of the MDGs3Parliamentary Development4Traditional MDG & Development Partners5www.undp.org[Our work > Democratic Governance > Parliamentary Development]

Giving Parliaments the tools to be Watchdogs for Development6UNDP Initiative in Southern and Eastern Africa

7Why should Parliaments Engage with the MDGs?8ENGAGEENGAGEENGAGEENGAGE9The Role of Parliaments10Parliaments as Watchdogs

11A Snapshot of the Watchdog Role from SADC Parliaments12Challenges faced by Parliaments in being Watchdogs for Development13Challenge 1 Information

14Information is key - How can MPs be informed?15Challenge 1 - Receiving Information 16Parliamentary Structures to fulfil the Watchdog Role17

Challenge 2 Parliamentary Structures to be Effective Watchdogs for Development

Option 1: Creating a new MDG Committee18Challenge 2 Parliamentary Structures to be Effective Watchdogs for DevelopmentOption 2: Engaging through existing Committees19Challenge 2 Parliamentary Structures to be Effective Watchdogs for Development

Additional Option: Creating a cross party MDG Caucus or Group20Challenge 3 Skills & Capacity to be Effective Watchdogs for Development

STATISTICSHuman Rights Based Approach21