Parliamentarians for the 2030 Agenda. Health. Gender. Rights.
The Parliamentarians for the 2030 Agenda are an informal working group in the Belgian federal parliament, including members of the Chamber of People's Representatives and the Senate from different political parties. The group has been active since 2001 and previously operated as the Parliamentarians for the Millennium Development Goals. The parliamentary group follows health and gender in the Cairo Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Cairo Programme of Action With the Cairo Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) national governments have committed to improve access of men and women to health services, in particular sexual and reproductive health services. With the programme governments also aim to end inequalities between men and women.
Monitoring and review of the 2030 Agenda In September 2015 the 189 Member States of the United Nationas committed to realize sustainable development by 2030. Thereto 17 universal goals and 169 targets were defined, which need to end poverty, disease, inequality and environmental problems.
The Parliamentarians for the 2030 Agenda monitor and review the uptake of the sustainable development goals on health and well-being (SDG3) and gender (SDG5) and pay attention for health and gender throughout the other goals of the agenda.
Advancing the agenda The members of the parliamentary group monitor Belgium's compliance with it's international commitments and encourage Belgium to take a leading role in the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS and gender equality. Members of the group do this by raising parliamentary questions, submitting resolutions, organizing debates and conferences, taking part in study tours and relevant congresses and organizing awareness raising events.