The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has called for use of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve the lives of people in developing countries.
“We have the challenge to end poverty, ensure healthy populations, equality, combat climate change, promote energy efficiency and provide quality education among others,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga added that each of the above challenges is an obstacle faced by African and Asian countries.
She called on Asian countries to increase women representation in decision making positions.
Citing statistics in the Commonwealth, Kadaga said that Asian countries have low levels of women representation in decision-making positions.
She revealed that in Asia, Nepal ranks highest with 33 per cent women representation while Sri Lanka trails at six percent.
The Speaker, however, was happy with the progress made by countries in Latin America and Africa in as far as women involvement in key decision making in government organs is concerned.
“In Bolivia and Cuba, women representation is at 52 per cent while in Africa, Rwanda leads at 61 per cent,” Kadaga added.
Kadaga made the remarks during the 5th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Asia Regional Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan that opened on Monday and ends on August 2.
Dr Arif Alvi the president of Pakistan who attended the opening ceremony said that inequality is increasing worldwide.
Alvi added that governments are responsible for equalising society by taxing the rich to provide services to the common people.
The CPA conference aims at enhancing parliamentary linkages in the Commonwealth that tend to influence legislation.
MPs Bintu Jalia (Masindi district) and Okupa Elijah (Kasilo County) are some of the legislators attending the conference.