UNDP Launches Webinar Series To Promote Parliamentary Innovation And Response During COVID-19

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UNDP Launches Webinar Series To Promote Parliamentary Innovation And Response During COVID-19

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji has launched a new webinar series, to highlight and promote parliamentary innovation and response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, some parliaments in Pacific island countries have proactively adapted their response to the crisis. For instance, the Congress of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) became the first Pacific legislature to convene a virtual session. Samoa’s Legislative Assembly, the Congress of the FSM and the Fiji Parliament also initiated virtual committee meetings.

The Parliament of Fiji was the first to devise and implement business continuity policies, while also approving a stimulus package. While Tonga remained COVID-19 free, its legislative assembly drafted, and tested business continuity polices. Yet, many parliaments in the Pacific are still in the process of developing and implementing appropriate response plans.

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