Niue’s parliamentarians are working to boost their legislative skills and gain a deeper understanding of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and Climate Change oversight at a three-day parliamentary induction workshop in the Pacific island nation this week.
“Following on from our May election and first Budget session last week, our re-elected and new parliamentarians want to learn more about their role in legislating, particularly related to Climate Change and UNCAC,” said Legislative Assembly Speaker Hon Togiavalu Pihigia.
Legislative Assembly members, parliamentary staff and other stakeholders are attending the three-day workshop facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project in partnership with the Legislative Assembly of Niue.
UN-PRAC Adviser Maria Adomeit emphasized that “The United Nations recognizes the central role played by the Parliaments in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
“With 25 per cent of the new parliament comprising female Members, Niue is already showing leadership on gender as well as climate change issues,” said Ms Adomeit.
“The previous parliament in its final term adopted a report recommending that Niue accede to UNCAC so this workshop aims to provide the new parliament with all the necessary information to implement that recommendation.”
Assisting UN-PRAC resource persons at the workshop will be Samoa parliamentarian and Associate Minister for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Taefu Lemi, who also chairs the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Samoa chapter.
Ms Adomeit said that in addition to the parliamentary induction workshop, UN-PRAC would spend a week in Niue working with the island’s civil society, youth, the private sector and government officials on UNCAC and integrity issues.
The Australian Government is supporting the UN-PRAC Project, a four-year project in the 15 Pacific nations being implemented by UNODC-UNDP. The Government of New Zealand through its support to the UNDP Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative Project is also supporting this Niue Induction Workshop for Parliamentarians.