Third South Asian Speakers’ Summit discusses green growth

Third South Asian Speakers’ Summit discusses green growth
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Participants at the Summit. © Parliament of Sri Lanka

Speakers of South Asian Parliaments agreed to a number of action points including: prioritizing green growth strategies and climate change adaptation; strengthening access to education; and promoting the social inclusion of marginalized, vulnerable groups and differently-abled people.

The Speakers of Parliament of Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka met in Colombo from 11-12 July 2018 to discuss progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their region. The focus of the meeting—the third of its kind—was on sustainable, equitable and green economic growth and on creating decent work for all, including young people and persons with disabilities.

The summit focused on parliamentary actions to advance SDG implementation in the region; the role of sustainable and green industrialization; and parliaments as promoters of social and economic inclusion in South Asia. Participants also stressed the importance of regional cooperation among parliaments as a means of eradicating forced labour, promoting social protection as well as safe and secure working environments for all workers, and providing sustainable solutions to ensure the effective prevention of child labour.