We are a movement by and for parliamentarians. We strive to meet the needs of parliamentarians in real-time, where they are, using modern technology platforms for communication. PfGG is not a big hierarchical and bureaucratic organization; and as such, we engage with other organizations and partners to deliver content and activities.
We facilitate online activities for MPs to be inspired and share ideas and best practices for SDG implementation. We focus on delivering hands-on tools for MPs to accelerate concrete action. We have the ambition to support our members through a variety of activities:
- Webinars with experts to give MPs access to the latest knowledge and tools for SDG implementation as well as connect them with resources.
- Peer-to-peer sessions for MPs to learn from and inspire each other
- Convenings for chairs of SDG caucuses/All-Party Groups
- Convenings for regional sub-groups of PfGG
- Workshops for national All-party groups focused on step-by-step guides to action
At the moment, we are not able to bring people together physically. But once the situation opens up, we have the ambition to convene a bi-annual SDG Summit for Parliamentarians. We invite partners and members of PfGG who would be interested in supporting or hosting a Summit to connect with us to learn more.
We collect, disseminate and conceptualize best practices to develop a knowledge sharing platform, where MPs can share best practices and activities. This will serve as the database for members of PfGG to find inspiration and ideas to concrete actions.
We encourage all members and affiliates of PfGG to share with us their concrete examples of actions that can inspire others.
Inspired by the Nordic model for People’s Festivals for democracy and dialogue, we are developing the concept of 2030 People’s Festivals as a national forum for civic engagement in the 2030 Agenda.
The 2030 People’s Festivals are three-day public festivals with debates, workshops, masterclasses, cultural events and exposition of solutions for the 2030 Agenda.
We invite members of PfGG to join us at the Danish People’s Festival in Bornholm in June 2021 (if the COVID-19 situation allows). We will develop the concept to have satellite festivals in other countries in cooperation with PfGG members. Learn more.
Time to act: step-by-step guide
Parliaments around the world have different traditions with All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), Intergroups or caucuses that work across party lines on cross-cutting issues that don’t fit in one particular standing committee. If you already have an APPG on the 2030 Agenda, you can skip this step.
Otherwise, regarding the traditions in your parliament, begin by identifying colleagues from different parties, who might be interested in joining a group. Once you have a handful, set up a meeting to identify focus areas and targets for the group. This could be anything from raising awareness about the 2030 Agenda internally in the parliament to pushing for SDG budgeting and clear monitoring mechanisms.
Also, you should consider how you want the group to be organized. Do you want to select a chair/vicechair and a steering committee? Who could act as your secretariat; inhouse or an external organization, e.g. an NGO? Do you have funding inside the parliament for activities, or do you need to fundraise?
Once you have established your APPG or identified a handful of colleagues who are interested, the PfGG secretariat is happy to participate in/facilitate a workshop with your group. We would do a self-assessment of the current level of engagement in SDG implementation in your parliament and begin to identify
obstacles/opportunities for further engagement and activities based on your own ideas as well as best practices from other parliaments. Furthermore, a mapping of key stakeholders and resources in your country on SDGs would serve as a first step in identifying individuals and groups who could serve as your entry point to strengthen civic engagement.
It is critical that the responsibility for monitoring and oversight of progress on SDGs is embedded in the formal structures of the parliament. Standing committees typically perform some of the core functions of parliament when it comes to legislation, oversight and accountability measures. Therefore, it is key to have a clear mapping of the responsibility of each of the standing committees as for the 17 SDGs and 169 targets.
In order to have a thorough mapping, ask the government minister responsible for SDG implementation to map the 169 targets on the ministries, so it is clear which of the ministers is responsible for each target. Then, ask your parliament secretariat to look at that and do a similar mapping for each of the standing committees.
Now, you have a clear view of where the responsibility lies in terms of monitoring progress in order to play your role of parliamentary oversight and accountability.
One way of putting SDGs on the parliamentary agenda is to bring the debate to the plenary. Parliaments have different traditions around hearings and debates in plenary. If it is within your mandate, you can make a request to have a debate or a hearing in the plenary. This gives you the opportunity to question the relevant minister(s) on progress and forces your colleagues in parliament to consider their positions on SGD implementation.
Perhaps your country has done a Voluntary National Review at the UN High Level Political Forum. You can use that as the starting point for the debate. Ask civil society representatives and other stakeholders to support you with input and ideas for the debate. Prepare a resolution or a motion to be voted after the debate, if possible, with concrete steps and recommendations to the government on how to accelerate action on SDG implementation.