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by AGORA moderator
15 November 2016

The International Budget Partnership (IBP) recently convened a group of leading experts and practitioners from the field of government auditing to discuss how to make audits more impactful. The event brought together luminaries of the auditing world, including the heads and former heads of the supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in India, Kenya, Korea, Nepal, and the Philippines, together...

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by AGORA moderator
14 September 2016

Civil society advocates have long argued that greater transparency leads to greater accountability. Put more information in the public domain and it will be used to hold governments to account. Yet the causal chain between transparency and accountability may be only as strong as its weakest link. While a steady stream of evidence from the mushrooming domain of transparency and accountability initiatives show progress on information disclosure, traction...

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by AGORA moderator
24 August 2016

The article has been published by the European Parliament

Parliament is not just there to amend and approve new laws, but also to scrutinise the EU institutions. One of the tools at...

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by AGORA moderator
23 August 2016

Jazmin Burgess, Global Coordinator, Boots on the Ground, UNDP

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are on the frontlines of climate change. With populations often heavily reliant on climate-vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry to drive their economies, the impacts of climate change are amplified. One erratic storm or years of changing growing seasons can wipe out food and water supplies for years or decades.

This has immense social and economic...

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by AGORA moderator
5 September 2016

50 women from various backgrounds across Fiji will be gathering today to be part of Fiji’s first ever “Women’s Parliament Fiji”. Organized by the Fijian Parliament in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Women’s Parliament will take place from 16 – 18 Augusts 2016.

In officially opening the Women’s Parliament Fiji Event, Hon. Dr. Jiko Luveni stated, “The hosting of such an event, offers a unique opportunity to Fiji’s aspiring women leaders to learn...

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by AGORA moderator
9 August 2016

Revitalizing and supporting indigenous knowledge is essential to address many of today’s challenges, including the effects of climate change.

Indigenous knowledge is a key resource that needs to be promoted to support livelihoods and food security, often under threat due to climatic changes.

Here are some examples of how indigenous peoples and local communities around the world are reviving traditional practices and knowledge.

In Hawaii, where youth...

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by AGORA moderator
2 August 2016

Nadi, Fiji: In a two-day conference, representatives from governments, parliaments and civil society from Melanesia discussed how to best promote strong, inclusive and peaceful institutions for sustainable economic growth and development.

The discussions during the conference highlighted the importance of political stability for economic reforms, growth and sustainability. During discussions, participants noted the importance that political reform and socio-economic development are...

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by AGORA moderator
1 August 2016

AGORA prepared a short calendar of upcoming events for parliamentary network to attend or follow up on.

62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference,
1-10 September 2016, Dhaka, Bangladesh

The main theme of the 2016 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is Collaborative Commonwealth: Unity, Diversity and Common Challenges.

Workshops and debates will be held during the conference on a wide range of topics including the...

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by AGORA moderator
10 May 2016

In December 2010, demonstrations broke out in Tunisia demanding the resignation of one of the most repressive regimes in the region, led by President Ben Ali. The demonstrations were triggered by the widespread corruption, lack of freedoms, and poor living conditions in the country.

A year after the revolution, a constituent assembly was elected to draft a new constitution, which was adopted in early 2014. On October 26, 2014, Tunisians voted to elect their first post-transitional...

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by AGORA moderator
28 April 2016

22 April 2016 – As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible.

“Today is an historic day,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a press conference following the opening ceremony of the signing event. “This is by far the largest...

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