Yaren, Nauru - Members of Parliament were urged to embrace a high degree of responsibility whilst discharging their duties and functions both in and outside the Parliament by H.E. the President of Nauru Hon. Marcus Stephen, at the opening of a three-day induction workshop which ended today (15-17 January, 2008) in the capital of Yaren.

In his opening address, H.E. the President stated the workshop provided  the 18 member Nauru Parliament with an opportunity to explore as many issues on the topics covered in order to increased understanding of their representative, legislative and oversight roles to better serve the people of Nauru.

Following the general elections last year and the recent change in Government, the workshop, which was delivered using a mixture of participatory an interactive method, sets the climate for more positive dialogue for the reform programme and the discharging of their functions as members of parliament. 

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Akua thanked his predecessor Hon. Valdon Dowiyogo, for playing an active role in developing the Support of Active Democracy Project, which will enable the strengthening of the parliamentary institution.

The workshop is an activity of the Support to Active Democracy project, designed through collaboration between the Parliament of Nauru and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at assisting Nauru demonstrate and uphold the Forum Principles of Good Leadership and Accountability.

Issues covered at the three-day long workshop included the roles of MPS and Cabinet Ministers, the rules that govern the conduct of parliamentary proceedings, gender and human rights and parliamentary oversight committees.

Professor Peter Loney from La Trobe University was Lead facilitator, working with a team of national resource persons and supported by Helga-Bara Bragradottir, a Governance Specialist at the UNDP Multi-Country Office based in Suva. Fiji.

The workshop is being jointly funded through support of AusAID, the Government of Nauru and UNDP.

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