Virtual Secretariat for g7+ Parliamentary Assembly
“The g7+ knows from bitter experience that without peace and stability there can be no development, and that conflict is development in reverse.” H.E. Ms. Sofia Borges, Ambassador of Timor-Leste for the United Nations.
The g7+ is a voluntary association of countries that are or have been affected by conflict and are now in transition to the next stage of development. The g7+ group of countries was established to give a collective voice to conflict-affected states, and a platform for learning and support between member countries. The group, currently comprised of 20 countries, promotes country-owned and country-led planning mechanisms and recommends major changes in the way international partners engage in conflict-affected environments.
The g7+ Parliamentary Assembly
Inspired by Fragile-to-Fragile cooperation (F2F), the g7+ Parliamentary Assembly has been designed as a cooperation platform among the twenty parliaments that comprise the g7+ group of countries affected by conflict and fragility to provide support to each other, namely in matters related to peace, resilience, and development. “Parliaments enable the alignment of national priorities with the international development agenda”. Following are the main functions of the g7+ Parliamentary Assembly include 1) Sharing experiences through peer learning; 2) Implementing international best practices; 3) Developing models of Change; 4) Implementing Common Institutional strengthening Programmes; 5) Parliament Cooperation Agreements
New Deal for engagement in Fragile states
Bring together g7+ members and donors through an agreed new set of principles for engaging in fragile situations. The New Deal calls for country-led peace-building and state-building goals (PSGs) to be prioritized at country level by government and development partners. The PSGs are 1) Inclusive Politics ; 2) Security; 3) Access to Justice; 4) Economic Foundations through sustainable employment; 5) Build capacity
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The g7+ seek to support the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs in its member countries. The group advocates for a special attention to be granted to the countries in a fragile situation in the implementation of Agenda 2030 due to the peculiarity of their challenges. The g7+ monitors progress across SDGs on the key areas which are common to the membership and endorsed g7+ joint tracking of 20 SDG indicators.
Peer Learning and Fragile-to-Fragile Cooperation
Promote Peer-to-peer learning using Fragile-to-Fragile Cooperation (F2F) concept. F2F aims at mobilising cooperation among member countries, developing a network to share knowledge and expertise among them, and applying the collective skills of the group to the specific challenges each country faces.