Imagine your parliamentarian walking for hours with horsemen to reach his constituency. Imagine the remote community’s sense of connection with parliamentary proceedings taking place in the faraway capital of Thimphu. In Bhutan, this is often the reality on the ground. For many parliamentarians, it may take over a week to visit the remote areas of their constituencies, due to the mountainous terrain and limited road access.
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In Bhutan, 'ain’t no mountain high enough' - How innovation is bringing Parliament to Bhutanese communities
World Bank Group - Climate-smart development: adding up the benefits of actions that help build prosperity, end poverty and combat climate changeThis new report by the World Bank Group and the Climate Works Foundation provides concrete data to help policy-makers understand the broader potential of climate-smart development investments. It outlines how government actions can boost economic performance and benefit lives, jobs, crops, energy, and GDP - as well as emissions reductions to combat climate change.
One of the greatest challenges facing today’s development practitioners is the lack of affordable, innovative, and practitioner-focused training on the “how to” of policy reform and proven good practices customized to local needs. The challenge has been met by the World Bank through the creation of the global Parliamentary Strengthening Program. This innovative resource offers development practitioners a virtual forum for convenient, easy, and reliable access to cutting edge knowledge and communities.
In 2015, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will carry out a review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995) and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (2000). This brief sets out a framework in which to address the objective outlined in Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 3, which aims to promote gender equality and empower women.
The world is facing severe challenges relating to climate change and the exploitation of environmental resources. Parliaments have a key role in setting a country’s wider development vision, and in developing sound environmental policies in support of this vision.
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