Dr Luveni: Globally addressing inequality and disparity

Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni attending a high-level side event on “Addressing unbalanced and inadequate development to achieve the SDGs”. Picture: SUPPLIED

INEQUALITY and regional disparity regarding opportunities that include men and women need to be systematically addressed across the world.

This was the comment made by Fiji’s Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni during a session at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.

Dr Luveni emphasised the critical role that the parliament would play in developing the Voluntary National Reviews next year.

The United Nations acknowledged that unbalanced development is a threat to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Sustainable Development Goals fundamentally challenges the way governments do business and the governments need to get much better at internal collaboration if they are to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals,” said United Nations Development Programme Administrator Achim Steiner.

“China has a lot to offer in developing the world in approaches to poverty reduction and in reducing disparities between and across the regions within the countries as this is important for stability and growth,” said Permanent Representative Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu of China.

The High-Level Political Forum was attended by Minister of Forestry Osea Naiqamu, Minister of Employment Jone Usamate, Member of Parliament Alivereti Nabulivou, opposition member Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki and the Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr Satyendra Prasad.

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