For parliaments and the people they represent, better engagement is vital, says Global Parliamentary Report | India News

BATHINDA: The new Global Parliamentary Report, published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), underlines that the decline in public confidence in governance and the rise of authoritarianism must be addressed through better parliamentary public engagement. The IPU is a worldwide organization of national parliaments.
The report examines public engagement between parliaments and the people they represent. It identifies gaps and opportunities and provides a roadmap for better public engagement for more participatory, inclusive and responsive parliaments.
The report presents strong recommendations, including the need for continued and inclusive inter-societal dialogue between parliaments and citizens to ensure more sustainable human development results and that no one is left behind.
UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner says, “Public engagement is not a choice. It is a fundamental requirement for parliaments to play their key role at the national level to deal effectively with contemporary global challenges. Even long-established democracies with well-resourced parliaments struggle to engage effectively. This new report offers examples and analysis drawn from various national contexts. Parliaments are essential for peaceful and prosperous societies, and UNDP and the Inter-Parliamentary Union will continue to provide them with tailored assistance.
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong said: “This report is published in the shadow of the crises and conflicts that have shaken the world. In these times of uncertainty and anxiety, citizens look to their parliaments to respond with actions that will lead to a better future. Involving the community in decision-making through effective public engagement can help ensure that parliaments respond in ways that meet people’s expectations and aspirations,” he added.
Based on two years of in-depth research across continents and hundreds of interviews with parliamentarians, the report released against a global backdrop of growing political polarization, declining electoral support for traditional political parties and alliances, and low electoral participation in numerous legislative elections. The report includes findings from over 70 parliaments and offers a wealth of material, including examples of innovations and case studies from around the world to show how strengthening the relationship between elected officials and constituents can improve the resilience of democracies and their institutions.
The report presents recommendations for parliaments to adopt; focus on the future, in a rapidly changing world, parliaments must respond, adapt and revitalize their practices and processes to meet the challenges of the present and the future.
Take young people seriously, for parliaments to remain relevant to this growing group they need to connect and interact with them in a meaningful way.
Leaving no one behind, parliaments have a special responsibility to ensure that groups that are underrepresented, disadvantaged or new to a country can participate in democratic processes.
Transforming through technology, to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change, parliaments should prioritize their own digital transformation, particularly in their approaches to public engagement.
Fostering innovation, effective parliamentary engagement means welcoming public participation. This demonstrates an openness to collaborate and co-create with civil society.