First Statement of Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians:
Young Parliamentarians Commit to Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals
|Dan Carden, president of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians and Ha Anh Phuong, member of the National Assembly of Vietnam presented the draft statement of the conference.|
The conference's statement clearly states that we, more than 200 young parliamentarians, are at the 9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians from September 14-17, 2023 in Hanoi, Vietnam to affirm our commitment to promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially through digital transformation and innovation.
To help promote the implementation of the SDGs through digital transformation and innovation, young parliamentarians discussed and proposed the following actions.
In the field of digital transformation, parliamentarians called and requested member parliaments to update regulations and working methods so that they could have more digital transformation.
They could take advantage of interactive platforms to support direct dialogue between voters and parliamentarians, promoting the participation of groups, especially young people, in parliamentary activities.
The member parliaments should consider researching the establishment or strengthening of parliamentary committees and mechanisms appropriate to the specific conditions of each country to help parliaments predict and respond to long-term trends or potential threats, and ensure that young people are involved in those bodies.
They ensured all parliamentarians were equipped with the necessary knowledge and technical support to fully participate in online legislative processes, enhance the application of virtual assistant platforms to support parliamentarians, use AI tools to improve legislative quality and build a digital library for national legal documents.
The member parliaments promulgated legal documents and policies to narrow the digital gap and ensure access for all through low access costs, building digital infrastructures, and enhancing professional skills.
They built an appropriate legal framework and strengthened international cooperation in protecting countries' digital sovereignty to bring about a safe, healthy and sustainable network environment. They also enacted appropriate policies and procedures to prevent and respond to forms of online harassment and violence against parliamentarians, including female parliamentarians.
In the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, young parliamentarians called and requested member parliaments to strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, through building a legal framework and increasing budget for this field.
They promoted the development of educational programs that focused on the skills needed for the future generation - a generation of young innovators and entrepreneurs who prioritize digital skills.
They also encouraged startup and innovation activities focusing on youth, students, and women, strengthened gender integration in association with the SDGs, and built a separate program for digital innovation and startups.
|Delegates attending the conference.|
In the field of culture, young parliamentarians called and recommended that member parliaments develop a common parliamentary approach to establish a framework of principles and values in decision-making, research and development of science and technology, such as the IPU code of conduct on the ethics of science and technology.
This code aims to ensure that the development and application of science and technology is carried out responsibly, ethically and sustainably.
They contributed strongly to the efforts to prevent online violence against women and girls, through promoting gender equality, controlling hate speech and managing AI so that they are protected, and that new technologies are not gender biased.
Member parliaments need to strengthen data protection framework laws and other legal tools, especially on personal data, cyber threats, promote open source and transparent algorithms.
The statement also sent thanks to the National Assembly of Vietnam for successfully hosting the Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. Vietnam supports the participation of young parliamentarians and young people as well as promoting the implementation of the SDGs, through the IPU, international and regional inter-parliamentary mechanisms.
"The statement of the conference adopted this time will be a driving force contributing to the effective implementation of the goals of digital transformation, innovation, entrepreneurship, promoting respect for cultural diversity for sustainable development. It also promotes youth empowerment, expands youth participation in democratic processes and solves current global problems."
Nguyen Anh Tuan, leader of the Vietnamese Young National Assembly Deputies Group
"The statement is a useful and action-oriented document that can support us in our work."
Dyah Roro Esti, Indonesian parliamentarian, member of the Leadership Board of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians
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