GLOBE delegation at 2015 World Bank & IMF Parliamentary Conference on 12-13 April 2015: galvanising action on sustainable development
A delegation of GLOBE legislators from Austria, Canada, India, Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa participated in the 2015 Global Parliamentary Conference hosted by the World Bank in Washington DC.
GLOBE was invited as a strategic partner of the Parliamentary Network of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on sustainable development to contribute to the 2015 Global Parliamentary Conference.
On the final countdown towards the adoption of the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals next September, the aim of the Conference was to increase parliamentarians’ knowledge of the twin goals of boosting shared prosperity and eradicating poverty, and macroeconomic stability; to underline the importance of Parliaments in advancing transparency and good governance to create enabling frameworks for sustainable development, and to raise awareness on gender issues in the post-2015 sustainable development framework, in order to encourage decision-makers to push for legislation and reforms in key areas in their respective countries; and look at how international development partners such as the World Bank Group and the IMF can support them in this task.
Hon. Cedric Frolick MP, GLOBE President and Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and ICT of the Parliament of South Africa, was invited to moderate the session on Global and Local Environmental Sustainability, Development and Growth of 12th April. In this capacity, he called on MPs to engage actively on the formulation of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) ahead of Paris, echoing the consensus of the GLOBE UNFCCC COP20 Lima Summit last December.
The GLOBE delegates participated actively in the sessions throughout the conference, and had opportunities to question keynote speakers. GLOBE Europe Vice-President Hon. Petra Bayr MP (Austria) and GLOBE Mexico President Hon. Lourdes López MP pointed out to IMF Director Christine Lagarde and WB President Dr. Jim Yong Kim that legislators need support to advance environmental fiscal reform. Ms Lagarde and Dr. Kim agreed that the removal of environmentally harmful subsidies is a critical policy intervention to both drive systemic change and free up resources.
Commenting on GLOBE's contribution to the 2015 Global Parliamentary Conference, the Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF Jeremy Lefroy MP (UK) noted:
"(...) Your message of what parliamentarians can do to combat climate change was well-received by the audience of over 200 participants. For this, the Parliamentary Network is ineffably grateful for your leadership. The Parliamentary Network welcomes your initiatives and supports the projects of GLOBE in positively impacting our global welfare. Through advocating and adapting national legislation, we can assist in the ambitions of your work. Unquestionably, the participants at the Global Parliamentary Conference will take the heart of your comments to the floors of their respective parliaments with a revitalized focus and enthusiasm. The Parliamentary Network is eager to make a difference towards environmental sustainably through the guidance and policy acumen of legislators such as you."