Parliamentarians' International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Children

A two day Parliamentarians’ International Conference on “Sustainable Development Goals for Children (SDGs)” was organised by the Parliamentarians’ Group for Children in partnership with Governance and Public Policy Initiative-Centre for Policy Research (GPPI-CPR) with technical support of UNICEF India on 10-11 December, 2016 in New Delhi, India.

The conference got together various members of Parliamentarian Group for Children (PGC) from India and six other countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, European Union and Bangladesh. Besides, participants from different organisations comprising of experts, policy makers, economists, researchers, practitioners, children, youth and grass root activists representing national and community based organisations became part of the conference as speakers to share their experiences with the elected representatives.

The conference aimed at focusing on the critical role which parliamentarians can play in achieving the SDGs for children and ensuring a fair start for all children.  The specific objectives of the conference were to exchange learnings and experiences of different stakeholders to improve child related outcomes and understand the process of creating an enabling environment for children to achieve SDGs and how the Parliamentarians can deliver these goals.

During the two-day conference, the participants discussed and shared key issues pertaining to different dimensions related to children including budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and came up with recommendations and learnings. The sessions addressed key components on Nutrition and Reproductive Health, Education, Children and Young People’s Participation, Child Protection, Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and challenges that lie ahead.