UN experts on Tuesday stressed the need for parliaments around the world to play a greater role in dealing with the climate crisis, according to a statement from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). ).
“Efforts should focus on the transition to an inclusive climate-resilient development model that turns climate challenges into opportunities for all and builds on the lessons learned so far,” said Mounir Tabet, ESCWA Deputy Executive Secretary.
He made the remarks at a two-day forum organized by ESCWA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut to discuss the role of parliaments in addressing the serious threats of climate change in the Arab region.
In a recorded message, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong said that “international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement must be transposed into national law, backed by adequate budget allocation and robust oversight of government performance.
For his part, the Director of the UNDP Regional Office Center for Arab States, Khaled Abdel Shafi, highlighted “the vital role of parliaments in monitoring the work of governments through the adoption of legislation that mitigates the effects negative effects of climate change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)”.
According to the declaration, parliaments must ensure that the SDGs and other climate-related targets are properly integrated into national policy and legislative processes to achieve sustainable development in all dimensions. ■