Geneva hosts next IPU Assembly

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Geneva hosts next IPU Assembly
Geneva hosts next IPU Assembly

Africa-Press – Kenya. The city of Geneva, Switzerland, will host the next General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (UIP), in March 2024, revealed the secretary-general of the multilateral organization, Martin Chungong.

Uzbekistan, a country located in Central Asia, proposed to host the meeting scheduled for March 2025.

According to Martin Chungong, who was speaking at a meeting of the IPU Board of Directors in the Angolan capital, before the 2025 event in Uzbekistan, another General Assembly of the IPU is planned in October 2024, the organizing country of which has not yet been defined.

Geneva will also host the Summit of Presidents of Parliaments in 2025. This event, which involves representatives of parliaments from around the world, takes place every five years. The IPU will organize this meeting in collaboration with the UN offices in Geneva.

General Debate

Representatives from parliaments around the world spoke on Wednesday in the IPU’s general debate on parliamentary action for peace, justice and strong institutions.

Angola presented its communication through deputy Idalina Valente, who is also the spokesperson for the 147th General Assembly of the IPU.

In his intervention on the General Assembly’s motto, which corresponds to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he praised Angola’s role in the peace process consolidated over the years and the importance of parliaments for peace to be lasting and sustainable.

The work of the IPU Democracy and Human Rights Commission was suspended on Wednesday due to the meeting of the Socialist International, a parallel event attended by delegates to the IPU General Assembly and special guests from the MPLA party.

The Socialist International (IS), founded in 1951, is an international organization that seeks the dissemination and implementation of democratic socialism through the union of social democratic, socialist and labor political parties.

The event on gender equality took place with the participation of Angolan deputy Florbela Malaquias, who works on gender issues within the scope of the IPU General Assembly.

The Human Rights Commission and parliamentarians will present their Draft Resolution on Friday.

On the other hand, the four candidates for the presidency of the IPU continue to work on publicizing their programs and establishing lobbies for their election, scheduled for the last day of the General Assembly (Friday).

This Thursday (26), in addition to the continuation of the General Debate, several parallel discussions by the IPU standing committees are planned.

Founded in 1889, the IPU is one of the oldest political organizations in the world and currently has more than 46 thousand deputies from 179 national parliaments, promoting peace and democracy.

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