UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Akiko Fujii making the opening statement and highlighting the significance of the SDGs.

Members of the Nitijela in the Marshall Islands have committed themselves to enhancing the roles and functions of Parliament and equip themselves with basic knowledge of parliamentary legal and institutional framework, practices and procedures. 

In his opening remarks at the Induction Seminar for Nitijela members, the Speaker Kenneth A. Kedi said the objective of the Seminar was to bring members up to date with the latest and new development issues of both national and international development issues.

“The intention of the induction seminar is to inform Nitijela members about the roles and functions of Parliament as one of the three arms of Government and equip them with basic knowledge of parliamentary practices and procedures to facilitate their effective participation in the legislative processes,” said Speaker Kedi.

The Induction Seminar for members of the Nitijela ran for five days in the capital Majuro this week. 

Held every four years, the Seminar is conducted on the first year of a new term. It was supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - RMI Parliament Support Upscaling Project to the Nitijela of the Marshall Islands with the joint efforts of the Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT). UNDP has been supporting the Nitijela Induction Seminars for the past terms. 

The Acting President and Minister-in-Assistance to the President, Honourable Mattlan Zackhras stressed the importance of the parliament’s oversight role leading the national development plan and the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Ms. Akiko Fujii expressed UNDP’s full support and congratulated the RMI government and people in taking a leading role and being an exceptional exemplary in accelerating gender equality in political participation.  

“The RMI government has started the year with a new revitalised government, with the first woman President in its history,’’  said the Deputy Resident Rep.

According to Speaker Kedi, “this Induction program has been well represented by Nitijela Members where they have contributed to constructive discussions on issues.”

“I am glad to see the energy and interest of the Members to learn and discuss development matters,” he added.

The opening ceremony of the Induction Seminar was attended by representatives from Government Ministries and Agencies, the Diplomatic Corps, Stated-Owned Enterprises, NGOs and the general public. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also provided substantive support towards the Induction. The Seminar ended today, Friday 26 February

Contact information

Emily Moli, UNDP Knowledge Communications Analyst, tel: (679) 3227 504; email: emily.moli@undp.org

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