Joint Parliamentary Peer Group
ICT Workshop in Zambia
A school class visiting the National Assembly of Zambia
On 16 May 2018, the traditional FAIRTRADE exhibition took place at the Austrian Parliament. The President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, opened the exhibition with a fair breakfast before the plenary session in the presence of the Second President of the National Council, Doris Bures, and other MPs.
The President emphasized the importance of the North-South Dialogue and FAIRTRADE in their contribution to a broader understanding and awareness of development policy at parliamentary level and in the population. Through numerous campaigns and educational programmes by FAIRTRADE, Austrians today understand global relationships much better, for example the effects of consumer decisions in Europe on people in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
FAIRTRADE Austria was founded 25 years ago and the first fair-trade coffee came into the local supermarkets. Today, 90% of citizens know the FAIRTRADE seal. The aim of FAIRTRADE is that small farmer families and workers on plantations in the global South can live a safe and good life and determine their own future, through fair prices for their crops and decent working conditions.
FAIRTRADE is an established and functioning system in global trade and makes a significant contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 SDGs (Agenda 2030, Sustainability Goals) must also be implemented in Austria in accordance with national framework conditions by 2030.
The current Newsletter of the NorthSouthDialogue (12/2017) includes an analysis of SDG 4.7 "Global Citizenship Education", an article on civil society participation in Zambia and an overview of ODA (Official Development Assistance).
In January 2017 the cooperation between the National Assembly of Zambia and the Austrian Parliament started within the framework of the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments. The central points of the cooperation and the work program were jointly agreed upon in the course of 2016. All activities have been prepared taking into account the overall strategy of the Zambian Parliament for the years 2015 to 2019 and are intended to contribute to the realization of the vision of the NAZ: "To be a model legislature for democracy and good governance".
The second focus of the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments and the partnership between the Austrian Parliament and the National Assembly of Zambia is public relations. The specific aim is to improve the information of Zambian citizens about their role, rights and tasks in the democratic process.
Austrian Parliament - National Assembly of Zambia
SDG Watch Austria is a plattform of civil society organisations supporting the implementation of the SDGs.
The World Development Report 2018 focuses on education and analyzes in detail the relationships between education and development, both at an individual and societal level.
"This learning crisis is a moral crisis. When delivered well, education cures a host of societal ills. For individuals, it promotes employment, earnings, health, and poverty reduction. For societies, it spurs innovation, strengthens institutions, and fosters social cohesion." (WDR, 2018).