On the 1st of January 2017, the cooperation between the National Assembly of Zambia (NAZ) and the Austrian Parliament began within the framework of the NorthSouth Dialogue of Parliaments. The priorities and the work program for the next three years were already laid down during the course of 2016 in several delegation visits in Vienna and Lusaka. In addition to an intensive cooperation between the two parliaments at the administrative and technical level, a Joint Parliamentary Peer Group has also been set up at the political level, which focusses on the objectives and the implementation of SDG 4 "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all".
The project aims to strengthen the two parliaments in Zambia and Austria in their positions in the democratic system of their countries and to support their influence on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is achieved through peer-to-peer learning processes, which allow the exchange of ideas and experiences that are relevant to both Members of Parliament and Parliament as an institution. It is also important to improve the information flow and the participation of the citizens in the parliamentary processes.
The current Newsletter of the NorthSouthDialogue (11/2016) includes articles on the relationship between Parliament and citizens, as well as a resume of 10 years partnership with the Parliament of Mozambique.
On December 13 a Round Table on the topic "Which education for whom? A controversial assessment of the SDG 4" was organised by the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments.
On the 22nd of November, AWEPA Member Gerda Weichsler-Hauer invited - together with the Southern Africa Documentation and Cooperation Centre (SADOCC) - to a presentation on "40 years after the Soweto Youth Uprising".
Thursday 30th of March 2017 - FAIRTRADE Exhibition in the Colonnaded Hall of the Austrian Parliament with the focus on fair trade and how it supports education for producers and their families and global education in the north.
7th to 13th of May 2017 - Visit of the Zambian Members of the Joint Parliamentary Peer Group to Austria