Speakers of six countries will deliberate on ways to achieve sustainable development goals during a two-day South Asian Speakers' Summit beginning here on Saturday(18.02.2017). The summit, to be inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday, will be attended by presiding officers and delegates from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal. It will conclude with the adoption of an 'Indore Declaration' - laying down the outcome of the discussions and action points agreed upon by the participants - at a closing ceremony on Sunday.
Who are participated in South Asian Speakers’ Summit
- Lok Sabha deputy speaker Dr M Thambidurai
- Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) president Saber Chowdhury
- National Assembly of Afghanistan Speaker Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi
- Parliament of Bangladesh Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury
- National Assembly of Bhutan Speaker Jigme Zangpo
- Parliament of Maldives Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed
- Parliament of Nepal Speaker Onasari Gharti
- The Speaker of the Sri Lankan legislature, Karu Jayasuriya
Importance of South Asian Speakers’ Summit
- Gender equality and Climate Change are the subjects likely to dominate the deliberations at the summit, which is jointly organised by the Indian Parliament and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
- The main agenda of the summit is to discuss about achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
The First South Asian Speakers’ Summit
- The Speakers of Parliament from South Asia met for the first time in Dhaka in January 2016 in a summit organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Bangladesh.
In September 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will inform their development agendas and policies over the next 15 years. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets, which are available at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300.