Why parliaments use the Indicators
The Indicators are grounded in the universally agreed concepts that make up Targets 16.6 and 16.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been endorsed by all States as part of the 2030 Agenda Agenda The chronological list of all items to be discussed at a formal meeting (including plenary and committee meetings). for Sustainable Development.
They are designed for parliaments seeking to achieve self-advancement by identifying their strengths and weaknesses, learning and, ultimately, enhancing their capacity to serve the public.
In particular, the Indicators can support parliaments in the following areas:
- Learning and improvement: The Indicators aim at helping parliament to learn and improve, with the ultimate goal of strengthening democracy. They serve as a tool for assessing capacity and practice, and for tracking progress.
- Parliamentary reform: The Indicators are valuable for those involved in parliamentary reform and improvement – both those inside parliament and collaborating organizations.
- Prioritizing and strategizing: The Indicators can prove especially useful prior to strategic planning exercises, allowing for targeted improvements in focused areas such as transparency.
- Readiness for external support: The Indicators can help parliament to identify essential needs and priorities, effectively positioning the institution to receive external support.
- Actionable ideas and solutions: The Indicators aim primarily to promote the sharing of ideas, rather than just the assigning of grades. At the end of each dimension, there is a space for noting down recommendations for change – actionable ideas that can range from significant shifts to procedural adjustments.
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