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UNICEF and National Assembly sign MOU

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The National Assembly (NA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) meant to provide a strategic framework of cooperation between the two institutions.The MOU focuses on cooperation in the a…

The National Assembly (NA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) meant to provide a strategic framework of cooperation between the two institutions.

The MOU focuses on cooperation in the areas of research and evidence generation to support legislation, oversight and policy making by parliamentarians and the area of public finance oversight, with targeted technical support to the relevant standing committees throughout the budget cycle.

It also looks at pro-active citizen engagements that will ensure the voices, opinions and lived experiences of children and adolescents are heard to influence the formulation of policy and legislation, while aiming to strengthen and support institutional capacity of Parliament, so as to ensure that staff members and Members of Parliament (MPs) are actively and continuously capacitated to deliver on their respective mandates.

Speaking at the event, National Assembly Secretary Lydia Kandetu said the agreement comes at an opportune time when the NA has been calling for capacity development assistance from development partners to empower both MPs and staff members.

“Parliament attaches great importance to the rights of children as it has enacted and ratified a number of both domestic and international conventions before that were aimed at protecting the rights of children,” she said.

Kandetu added that Parliament has been very active in issues pertaining to the welfare of children. However, at times they are faced with challenges in terms of lack of capacity and resources as an institution pursuing this cause.

UNICEF country representative, Rachel Odede, at the same event said the partnership shows their commitment towards the implementation of policies geared towards the attainment of sustainable and positive results for children.

“We know that you as parliamentarians have the power to create real and lasting change for children. You have the mandate to approve or disapprove the allocation of resources from national budgets, establish strong policy direction and debate, as well as to shape and enforce laws that protect children,” she said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency