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by AGORA moderator
14 June 2016

As a result of cooperation between MPs, the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the VRU Secretariat, other governmental authorities, OPORA Civil Network, CHESNO Movement, Transparency International Ukraine, Eidos Center, and Media Law Institute with the support of UNDP, the Open Parliament Initiative...

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by AGORA moderator
20 June 2016

The 6th Donor Coordination Meeting on Parliamentary Development took place in Brussels on 14-15 June 2016

It was Co-organized by the UK Department for International Development, United Nations Development Programme, USAID and the World Bank and hosted by the...

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by AGORA moderator
9 June 2016

Many countries have started to implement policies and to adopt legislation to harvest renewable resources - water, sun, wind, geothermal and biomass - to generate electricity, heat and fuel. As the world moves towards the adoption of renewable energy as a key source of energy production, the role of parliamentarians has been and will remain critical in the development of the legislation...

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by AGORA moderator
6 June 2016

The Natural Resource Governance Institute is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2016 Women Leaders Fellowship. The deadline for application is 30 June 2016.

The program seeks to increase the participation of women in the movement to promote the sustainable management of extractives for the public good. In 2016 the fellowship will be open to applicants from the following countries: Ghana, Iraq, Myanmar, Tanzania, Indonesia, Guinea, the...

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by AGORA moderator
4 June 2016

In most countries, effective management of the extractive industries sector is undermined by a lack of transparency and an abundance of complex rules and regulations.  Legislation aimed at improving governance of the sector is urgently needed, and several countries are undertaking promising steps.  Too often, however, such processes are not open to citizen engagement or public consultation.

Parliaments have many new ways to push for more open and inclusive legislative reforms of the...

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by AGORA administrator
3 June 2016

The oil, gas and mining sectors contribute significantly to government revenues in resource-rich countries. Despite this opportunity for development, experience shows that the extractive industries sector often contributes to higher poverty rates, corruption and even conflict. This is referred to as the ‘resource curse’.

Fighting the resource curse effectively requires a Public Financial Management system in which budgetary allocations and expenditures are open and transparent. By...

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by AGORA moderator
30 May 2016

AGORA's mobile application offers quick and easy access to the latest parliamentary development updates.  The App is available in English, French and Arabic.

The AGORA Portal App gives easy access to the global knowledge Portal for Parliaments for parliamentary staff, practitioners, donors, students and general public. 

Download the app to read our latest news, blogs and Areas of Expertise, watch video interviews, or access resources...

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by AGORA moderator
30 May 2016

With the declaration of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition from 2016 to 2025, a step forward is taken in recognising the need to eradicate hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition worldwide.

The Brazilian edition of the N4G, to be held around the 2016 Rio Olympics, will build on these global commitments to nutrition, further promoting the means to achieve the global nutrition goals agreed upon in international fora, in order to improve food and nutritional sovereignty,...
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by AGORA moderator
27 May 2016

On May 28, Iran’s newly elected parliament will be sworn in. It will be the 10th — and potentially the most consequential — elected assembly since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979.

Of course, ultimate power rests in the hands of the unelected supreme leader and the powerful 12-member Guardian Council (also unelected).

But the 290-member parliament, officially called the Islamic Consultative Assembly, does have...

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by AGORA moderator
23 May 2016

Worldwide, several challenges to the full realization of women's rights persist, and women continue to face discrimination in access to education, work, social protection, inheritance, economic assets, productive resources and participation in decision-making and society at large. On a global scale, discrimination is most evident in laws and penal codes related to violence against women, and their marital, personal and economic status. Despite ratification of numerous international...

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