24 Jun 2016

Melanesian leaders seek solutions to political instability

5:53 pm on 24 June 2016

Promoting political and parliamentary stability in Melanesia is the focus of a meeting of regional leaders taking place in Fiji next week.

Crowds gather to witness the convicted MP's inside the escorted Police Vehicle in front of the Correctional facility that they will serve their jail term

Crowds gather to witness the convicted MP's inside the escorted Police Vehicle in front of the Correctional facility that they will serve their jail term Photo: SUPPLIED / Transparency International Vanuatu

The conference which openes in Nadi on Monday aims to analyse governance systems in the Pacific and look to improve the effectiveness and stability of parliaments and political systems.

Around 100 participants, representing governments, parliaments, electoral management bodies and civil society organisations from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Kiribati are expected to attend.

Facilitated by the UNDP it will seek to address the governance and development issues that are caused by frequent no-confidence motions, and in particular their effect on the effectiveness parliaments.

The conference will also examine the link between political stability and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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