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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05681: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 19 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it monitors human rights protection and its implementation through the National Performance Framework.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 19 January 2017

The National Performance Framework (NPF) uses broad measures of national wellbeing to reflect how Scotland performs against a range of economic, social, health and environmental indicators.

Existing NPF outcomes include matters of direct relevance to the realisation of internationally-recognised human rights - for example: tackling inequality; building strong, resilient communities; delivering better employment opportunities; confronting crime; supporting successful learning and education; improving life chances for children; and enabling people in Scotland to live longer, healthier lives. In reporting against these (and other) outcomes and indicators the NPF contributes to ensuring that human rights are protected and implemented in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is committed to further enhancing the NPF. Both human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are central to that work. A review of the National Outcomes is currently underway.