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Georgia

Promoting and Monitoring SDGs (GE0089)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Parliament of Georgia

Support Institution(s): UNDP

Policy Areas

Legislative, Open Parliaments, Participation in Lawmaking, Public Participation, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

1. Promoting and Monitoring the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the Parliament of Georgia
Lead Agency Parliament of Georgia

Partners Public Institution
Civil/International/Private Sector Initiator: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
Current Situation and Challenges United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
Since joining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government of Georgia defined country-adjusted targets and indicators to implement the Goals at the national level. The Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 unequivocally recognizes the significant role of Parliaments in the implementation of SDGs, which includes the implementation of the SDG 16 (16.6 – “Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”; 16.7 – “Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels”). Simultaneously, ensuring maximum openness, transparency and accountability of the process is crucial for ultimate success in this endeavor. The first steps were taken with the support of the European Union and UNDP:
• A new component was added to the action plans of Parliamentary Committees, which determines the compliance of the activities defined by the Committees’ action plans with the respective SDGs and demonstrates close connection between the national policy and the global agenda, thus also increasing the awareness of various stakeholders on SDGs in the process;
• A number of Committees have already committed through their action plans to hear the reports of relevant Ministries on the progress made towards implementing the SDGs.
Besides, in June 2018, with the support of the Swedish Government, UNDP and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and based on the IPU/UNDP methodology, the Parliament conducted a self-assessment exercise to check SDG readiness. The Exercise defined the role of the Parliament in the fulfillment of 2030 Agenda and outlined possible actions for SDGs implementation.
At this stage, the Parliament shall elaborate an action plan based on the results of the above self-assessment which shall include the introduction of parliamentary mechanisms and activities related to the Parliament’s lawmaking, oversight and citizen engagement functions. This will increase the involvement of the Parliament in SDG implementation and monitoring and ensure the institutionalization of this process in the Parliament.

Main Objective Increase Parliamentary involvement in the SDGs implementation and monitoring through civil society engagement and based on openness and transparency principles.

OGP Challenge Improving Public Services

OGP Principles Access to Information Accountability
Citizen Engagement
Technologies and Innovation

√ √ √
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) the Commitment addresses
Addresses All (17) Sustainable Development Goals
Milestones New/Old Commitment Start Date: End Date:
1.1. Elaboration of the SDGs Strategy/Action Plan of the Parliament
1.2. Implementation of the SDGs Action Plan of the Parliament 06/2018

11/2018 10/2018

12/2019
Indicators
1. Parliamentary Strategy/Action Plan on implementation and monitoring of SDGs has been elaborated and approved;
2. 60% of the Strategy/Action Plan has been implemented.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 24: Promoting and Monitoring the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the Parliament of Georgia

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

“Since joining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Government of Georgia defined country-adjusted targets and indicators to implement the Goals at the national level. The Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 unequivocally recognizes the significant role of Parliaments in the implementation of SDGs, which includes the implementation of the SDG 16 (16.6 – ‘Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels’; 16.7 – ‘Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels’). Simultaneously, ensuring maximum openness, transparency and accountability of the process is crucial for ultimate success in this endeavor. The first steps were taken with the support of the European Union and UNDP:

  • A new component was added to the action plans of Parliamentary Committees, which determines the compliance of the activities defined by the Committees’ action plans with the respective SDGs and demonstrates close connection between the national policy and the global agenda, thus also increasing the awareness of various stakeholders on SDGs in the process;
  • A number of Committees have already committed through their action plans to hear the reports of relevant Ministries on the progress made towards implementing the SDGs.

Besides, in June 2018, with the support of the Swedish Government, UNDP and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and based on the IPU/UNDP methodology, the Parliament conducted a self-assessment exercise to check SDG readiness. The Exercise defined the role of the Parliament in the fulfillment of 2030 Agenda and outlined possible actions for SDGs implementation.

At this stage, the Parliament shall elaborate an action plan based on the results of the above self-assessment which shall include the introduction of parliamentary mechanisms and activities related to the Parliament’s lawmaking, oversight and citizen engagement functions. This will increase the involvement of the Parliament in SDG implementation and monitoring and ensure the institutionalization of this process in the Parliament.”

Milestones: 

  1. Elaboration of the SDGs Strategy/Action Plan of the Parliament
  2. Implementation of the SDGs Action Plan of the Parliament

Start Date: June 2018

End Date: December 2019

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, please see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/georgia-action-plan-2018-2019/.

Context and Objectives

In 2015, Georgia adopted its United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be implemented by 2030. [121] To advance the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, the Government of Georgia established the Sustainable Development Goals Council. [122] It also committed to develop an Electronic Monitoring System and an SDGs Tracker. [123] These tools would be used for internal and public monitoring of the implementation progress.

Under this commitment, the Parliament of Georgia, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Georgia, [124] plans to introduce a parliamentary strategy and an action plan for monitoring and supporting implementation of the SDGs. As stated by an interviewed UNDP representative, the SDGs strategy and action plan will utilize all the available parliamentary mechanisms, such as policy making and lawmaking, oversight, budget, and citizen engagement. The action plan would be based on the results of the Parliament’s self-assessment. [125] That assessment was developed with the financial support of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the United States Agency for International Development’s Good Government Initiative (USAID GGI), and UNDP and it was carried out according to IPU/UNDP methodology to measure Parliament’s capacities, gaps, and opportunities for supporting Georgia in achieving its national SDGs goals. [126]

Overall, the commitment aims to increase parliamentary involvement in the SDG implementation and monitoring through its legislative, oversight, budgetary, and representative competences. This participation will contribute to greater government accountability to the Parliament for the national SDGs goals it has identified. However, the link to public accountability and civic participation remains unclear, as the commitment text does not specify how Parliament plans to engage citizens in SDG monitoring. The link to the OGP value of access to information is observable. Some of the parliamentary committees that have already made SDG monitoring part of their action plans will be involved in proactively publishing implementation reports on the new parliamentary webpage as part of Commitment 26 in this OGP action plan.

As stated by the UNDP representative, [127] elaboration of the parliamentary strategy and the action plan could make the SDGs a priority in the legislative body and foster Parliament’s role in overseeing SDG implementation across government branches. In addition, the UNDP representative believes that emphasis on budgeting in the SDG strategy can strengthen Parliament’s role in reviewing government-proposed expenditures and ensure that adequate financial resources are allocated to achieve the nationally aligned goals. For example, according to the State Audit Office’s 2019 Efficiency Audit Report, [128] SDG indicators and relevant budgetary data are only partially represented in the Basic Data and Directions (BDD) document of the country. Prioritizing SDG monitoring in the Parliament could contribute to more comprehensive reflection of SDG-related budgetary data into BDD documents.

Overall, this commitment could provide a more in-depth assessment of policies, laws, and programs. It could also provide recommendations on how to improve SDG implementation based on the findings. This assessment is in line with the judgment of an interviewed National Democratic Institute representative, [129] who noted that the institutionalization of these mechanisms in Parliament could improve government accountability to the Parliament and mainstream SDGs into the policy making agenda. According to stakeholders, this commitment could also contribute to increased awareness about SDGs in general among members of Parliament and Parliament staff. Thus, the commitment could strengthen parliamentary oversight of SDG implementation. [130] Stakeholders also believe that this commitment could bring positive benefits for every resident, as strong parliamentary monitoring could improve implementation of the policies and thus increase the quality of life entailed in the 2030 SDGs.

Next steps

Stakeholders recommend that to fully utilize the Parliament's oversight potential in monitoring Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation on the national level, it is important that the Explanatory Note of a bill, along with the budgetary implications and compliance with the European legislation, provide information about the relevance to the SDGs and the national adjusted targets. This note could provide important information if the specific draft-law aligns with the SDGs’ adjusted targets on a national level. By including such a note, Parliament could increase its monitoring capacity and contribute to mainstreaming the SDGs in the policy-making agenda.

Although the Parliament of Georgia is actively engaged in the implementation of the SDGs adjusted agenda, the IRM researcher advises that Parliament maximize its efforts. It can do this by raising the competence of members of Parliament and committees’ staff regarding the SDGs and the overall implementation processes. This capacity building could have a significant positive impact on Parliament’s capacity to work successfully toward the SDGs’ national implementation. Parliament’s training center could be engaged to provide relevant workshops, seminars, trainings, and more.

To strengthen civic participation and bring external expertise to the SDGs’ monitoring and implementation, the IRM researcher also recommends engaging civil society in parliamentary strategy development and the implementation process.

[121] United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, “About the Sustainable Development Goals,” https://bit.ly/2jHjQmD.

[122] UNDP, “Georgia Marks Progress Towards Sustainable Development,” 13 July 2019, https://bit.ly/2NP3Eif.

[123] Open Government Partnership, “Georgia National Action Plan 2018–2019,” https://bit.ly/2XLXiju.

[124] UNDP, “Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia,” https://bit.ly/2LklPdT.

[125]Parliament of Georgia:Self-Assessment Report, 22 October 2018, https://bit.ly/2JElEqz.

[126] Sopo Guruli, Project Manager, UNDP Project: Strengthening Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia, interview with IRM researcher, 10 June 2019.

[127] Guruli interview, June 2019.

[128] State Audit Office of Georgia, Performance Audit Report—SDGS, 2019, https://bit.ly/31Vxzaq.

[129] Tamar Sartania, Deputy Chief of Party, National Democratic Institute, interview with IRM researcher, 11 July 2019.

[130] Sartania interview, July 2019.


Commitments

  1. Improved Public Services

    GE0066, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Citizen Engagement Platform

    GE0067, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Unified Authentication System

    GE0068, 2018, E-Government

  4. Economic Governance

    GE0069, 2018, E-Government

  5. Environment Portal

    GE0070, 2018, E-Government

  6. Strengthen Anti-Corruption Institutions

    GE0071, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  7. Monitor SDGs

    GE0072, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Citizen Engagement Legislation

    GE0073, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  10. Increasing Transparency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

    GE0075, 2018, E-Government

  11. Citizen Participation in Public Finance

    GE0076, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  12. Transparent Public Funding System

    GE0077, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  13. Public Procurement Improvements

    GE0078, 2018, Access to Information

  14. Housing Policy Planning

    GE0079, 2018, Land Rights and Spatial Planning

  15. Openness and Accountability of State-Owned Enterprises

    GE0080, 2018, E-Government

  16. Transparency and Good Governance

    GE0081, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Open Data Collection and Publication

    GE0082, 2018, Access to Information

  18. Participation for Disabled Individuals

    GE0083, 2018, Infrastructure & Transport

  19. Participatory Budgeting

    GE0084, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor

    GE0085, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Electronic Services

    GE0086, 2018, E-Government

  22. I. Gov. Zugdidi

    GE0087, 2018, Capacity Building

  23. Service and Citizen Satisfaction Assessment

    GE0088, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Promoting and Monitoring SDGs

    GE0089, 2018, Legislative

  25. Citizen Involvement in Budget

    GE0090, 2018, E-Government

  26. Technology for Transparency

    GE0091, 2018, E-Government

  27. Citizen Engagement Center

    GE0092, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Raising Public Awareness About Parliamentary Democracy

    GE0093, 2018, E-Government

  29. Electronic Innovations for More Transparency and Efficiency of Public Procurement

    GE0056, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  30. Starred commitment Adoption of the Environmental Assessment Code

    GE0057, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  31. Introduction of a Mobile App as an Alternative Channel to Connect to “112”

    GE0058, 2016, E-Government

  32. Development of Local Councils for Crime Prevention

    GE0059, 2016, Justice

  33. Development of a Guidebook for Economic Agents

    GE0060, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Development and Introduction of the Quality Control Program of Commercial Service

    GE0061, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Presentation of Company Reports in an Electronic Form and Provision of Their Accessibility

    GE0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  36. Introduction of an Electronic Petition Portal and “Zugdidi-INFO” on the Webpage of Zugdidi Municipality Assembly

    GE0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Transparency of Ozurgeti Municipality Assembly Meetings

    GE0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  38. Creation of Electronic Mechanism for Local Budget Planning in Kutaisi, Ozurgeti, Batumi and Akhaltsikhe

    GE0065, 2016, E-Government

  39. Adapting the Public Service Hall to the Needs of the People with Disabilities

    GE0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Launch of the Unified Healthcare System Information Portal

    GE0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  41. Introduction of Electronic Licensing System in the Field of Natural Resources Application

    GE0044, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  42. Creation of Spatial (Geographic) Data Web-Portal for the Energy Sector

    GE0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  43. Creation of Innovation Ecosystem

    GE0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  44. Electronic Portal for Registering and Disposal of State Property – Customer’S Module

    GE0047, 2016, E-Government

  45. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Access to Information

  46. Development of a Monitoring and Assessment System of the Government Policy and Legislative Acts

    GE0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Introduction of the Public Officials’ Asset Declarations Monitoring System

    GE0050, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  48. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

  49. Development of Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Field of Regional Development and Infrastructure

    GE0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  50. Improvement of the Database of the Convicted and Transfer of the Penitentiary Department Entirely Onto the Electronic Workflow Management

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  51. Publication of Phone Tapping Data According to the Nature of the Crime and Geographic Area

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  52. Starred commitment Increasing Citizen Participation in Supervision of Public Finances (Public Audit)

    GE0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  53. "Voice of the Consumer"

    GE0013, 2014, Public Participation

  54. JUSTdrive

    GE0014, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  55. Educational Services

    GE0015, 2014, Education

  56. Citizen's Portal (Www.Mygov.Ge)

    GE0016, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Transformation of Public Libraries for Regional Development

    GE0017, 2014, Capacity Building

  58. Digital Signature and Online Authentication

    GE0018, 2014, E-Government

  59. Open Data Portal (Data.Gov.Ge)

    GE0019, 2014, Access to Information

  60. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Draft

    GE0020, 2014, Access to Information

  61. Georgia's OGP Forum

    GE0021, 2014, Public Participation

  62. I-Change.Ge

    GE0022, 2014, E-Government

  63. Transparency of Public Service Recruitment

    GE0023, 2014, E-Government

  64. Asset Declaration Monitoring System

    GE0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  65. Starred commitment Political Party Financial Declarations

    GE0025, 2014, Access to Information

  66. Accessibility of Ministry of Interior's Webpage to People with Special Needs

    GE0026, 2014, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  68. Public Awareness of the Electoral Process

    GE0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  69. Transparency of Budgetary Processes

    GE0029, 2014, E-Government

  70. Electronic System of Procurement

    GE0030, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  71. Digital Human Resource Management System

    GE0031, 2014, E-Government

  72. Digital Preservation System: E-Archive

    GE0032, 2014, E-Government

  73. Openness and Accessibility of National Archives

    GE0033, 2014, E-Government

  74. Electronic Catalogues of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Archives

    GE0034, 2014, E-Government

  75. Public Finance Management System

    GE0035, 2014, E-Government

  76. Alternative Channels to "112"

    GE0036, 2014, E-Government

  77. Interactive Statistics and Crime Mapping

    GE0037, 2014, E-Government

  78. Travel Insurance Services

    GE0038, 2014, Citizenship & Immigration

  79. State Property Registration

    GE0039, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  80. Development of Community Centers in Georgia

    GE0040, 2014, E-Government

  81. Introduction of e-Governance in Local Self-Governments

    GE0041, 2014, E-Government

  82. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Access to Justice

  83. e-Governance in Local Governments

    GE0002, 2012, E-Government

  84. Citizens’ Portal

    GE0003, 2012, E-Government

  85. Easily Accessible and Better Healthcare

    GE0004, 2012, E-Government

  86. Launch Ichange.Ge and Data.Gov.Ge

    GE0005, 2012, E-Government

  87. Platform for Participating in the Legislative Process

    GE0006, 2012, E-Government

  88. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Access to Justice

  89. Starred commitment Transparent Party Financing

    GE0008, 2012, Political Integrity

  90. Home-Grown Concept of E-Procurement

    GE0009, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  91. e-Declarations

    GE0010, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  92. Technology Cares for Safety: ICCMS, Crime Mapping, and Safety in Your Neighbourhood

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  93. NGO Forum

    GE0012, 2012, Capacity Building

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