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129th IPU ASSEMBLY AND RELATED MEETINGS
Geneva (Switzerland), 7 - 9 October 2013

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AGENDA OF THE ASSEMBLY
Item 1 Election of the President and Vice-Presidents of the 129th Assembly
Item 2 Consideration of requests for the inclusion of an emergency item in the Assembly agenda
Item 3 Panel discussions on the subject items chosen for debate during the 130th Assembly:

(a) Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: The contribution of parliaments
(First Standing Committee)

(b) Towards risk-resilient development: Taking into consideration demographic trends and natural constraints
(Second Standing Committee)

(c) The role of parliaments in protecting the rights of children, in particular unaccompanied migrant children, and in preventing their exploitation in situations of war and conflict
(Third Standing Committee)

Item 4 Report of the IPU Committee on United Nations Affairs
Item 5 Amendments to the Statutes and Rules of the IPU
Item 6 The role of parliaments in supervising the destruction of chemical weapons and the ban on their use

Updated on 7 October 2013   
REQUESTS FOR INCLUSION OF AN EMERGENCY ITEM

Items proposedAuthorDate of receiptAccompanying documents
Addressing criminal acts of deliberate destruction of world cultural heritage: The role of parliaments Morocco 12 July 2013 PDF [English] [French]
Action by parliaments to safeguard the fragile democracy in Haiti Haiti 6 September 2013 PDF [English] [French]
Continued Israeli settlements in the occupied territories of the State of Palestine since 1967: Hindering the peace process in the Middle East Palestine 9 September 2013 PDF [English] [French]
Cyber warfare A serious threat to peace and global security Uruguay 26 September 2013 PDF [English] [French]
Enhancing the role of parliaments in maintaining international peace and security through support for a political settlement:
(1) by refusing any manner of aggression, or threat of aggression, violation of State sovereignty and interference in Syria's affairs that exceeds the framework of international legitimacy;
(2) by applying all international community resolutions on the fight against terrorism.
Syrian Arab Republic 3 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]
The security and humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic: Facilitating assistance for the population and promoting the transition to democracy France 4 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]
Promoting universal ratification of the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty Mexico 4 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]
The role of parliaments in supervising the ban on the use and the destruction of chemical weapons Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden 4 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]
Condemnation of the terrorist attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on 21 September 2013 Kenya 6 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]

Procedure to be followed:

Under the terms of Assembly Rule 11.1, any Member of the Union may request the inclusion of an emergency item in the Assembly agenda. Such a request must be accompanied by a brief explanatory memorandum and a draft resolution which clearly define the scope of the subject covered by the request. The Secretariat shall communicate the request and any such documents immediately to all Members.

Furthermore, Assembly Rule 11.2 stipulates that:

(a) A request for the inclusion of an emergency item must relate to a major event of international concern on which it appears necessary for the IPU to express its opinion. Such a request must receive a two-thirds majority of the votes cast in order to be accepted;

(b) The Assembly may place only one emergency item on its agenda. Should several requests obtain the requisite majority, the one having received the largest number of positive votes shall be accepted;

(c) The authors of two or more requests for the inclusion of an emergency item may combine their proposals to present a joint one, provided that each of the original proposals relates to the same subject;

(d) The subject of a proposal that has been withdrawn by its authors or rejected by the Assembly cannot be included in the draft resolution submitted on the emergency item, unless it is clearly referred to in the request and title of the subject adopted by the Assembly.

Updated on 17 January 2014   
SESSION DOCUMENTS
Title and codeAvailable versions
Daily Journal
9 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]
8 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]
7 October 2013 PDF [English] [French]
Assembly
Summary records of the proceedings of the 129th IPU AssemblyNew! PDF [English] [French]
Complete electronic version of the brochure "Results of the 129th IPU Assembly and related meetings" PDF [English] [French]
Overview of main events and decisions of the 129th Assembly HTML [English] [French]
Texts of resolutions and declarations of the 129th Assembly HTML [English] [French]
List of participants PDF [Bilingual]
Convocation of the 129th IPU Assembly
A/129/C.1 (7 June 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Amendments to the Statutes and Rules of the IPU: amendments to the Rules of the Assembly
A/129/5-P.2 (5 October 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Panel discussion "Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: The contribution of parliaments" (Standing Committee on Peace and International Security) - version 26/09/13 PDF [English] [French]
First Standing Committee - Background paper submitted by Ms. Yolanda Ferrer (Cuba), co-Rapporteur
A/129/3(a)-R.1 (2 September 2013)
MS Word [English] [French]
PDF [English] [French]
First Standing Committee - Background paper submitted by Mr. Blaine Calkins (Canada), co-Rapporteur
A/129/3(a)-R.2 (2 September 2013)
MS Word [English] [French]
PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Panel discussion "Towards risk-resilient development: Taking into consideration demographic trends and natural constraints" (Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade) - version 26/09/13 PDF [English] [French]
Second Standing Committee - Background paper submitted by the co-Rapporteurs, Mr. S.H. Chowdhury (Bangladesh) and Mr. P. Mahoux (Belgium)
A/129/3(b)-R.1 (2 September 2013)
MS Word [English] [French]
PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Panel discussion "The role of parliaments in protecting the rights of children, in particular unaccompanied migrant children, and in preventing their exploitation in situations of war and conflict" (Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights) - version 26/09/13 PDF [English] [French]
Third Standing Committee - Background paper submitted by Ms. Jameela Ali Salman Nassif (Bahrain), co-Rapporteur
A/129/3(c)-R.1 (2 September 2013)
MS Word [English] [French]
PDF [English] [French]
Third Standing Committee - Background paper submitted by Ms. Gabriela Cuevas Barron (Mexico), co-Rapporteur
A/129/3(c)-R.2 (2 September 2013)
MS Word [English] [French]
PDF [English] [French]
Concept note: Panel discussion "Political Party Control over MPs" PDF [English] [French]
Study: The impact of political party control over the exercise of the parliamentary mandate PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Panel discussion "Internally Displaced Persons"- version 26/09/13 PDF [English] [French]
Registration form MS Word [English] [French]
PDF [English] [French]
List of international organizations and other bodies invited to follow the work of the Assembly as observers PDF [English] [French]
Governing Council
Summary records of the 193rd sessionNew! PDF [English] [French]
Overview of decisions of the 193rd session of the Governing Council HTML [English] [French]
Council resolutions on human rights cases HTML [English] [French]
Convocation of the 193rd Session of the Governing Council
CL/193/C.1 (7 June 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Report of the President of the IPU on his activities since the 192nd session of the Governing Council
CL/193/4(a)-R.1.rev (23 septembre 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Approved consolidated 2014 budget
CL/193/7-P.1
PDF [English] [French]
Cooperation with the United Nations system
CL/193/9-R.1 (31 July 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Reports on recent IPU specialized conferences and meetings: Regional Seminar on the theme "Evolving relationship between citizens and parliaments in the Arab world"
CL/193/10(a)-R.1 (24 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Reports on recent IPU specialized conferences and meetings: Parliamentary Workshop on the theme "The right to identity: promoting universal birth registration in Latin America and the Caribbean"
CL/193/10(b)-R.1 (24 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Reports on recent IPU specialized conferences and meetings: Regional seminar for French-speaking African Parliaments on the theme "Gender-sensitive Parliaments"
CL/193/10(c)-R.1 (24 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Reports on recent IPU specialized conferences and meetings: Multi-Country Seminar on on the theme "Parliaments and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health
CL/193/10(d)-R.1 (24 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Aggregate annotated list of amendments to the Statutes and Rules
CL/193/14-P.1 (7 July 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Amendments to the Statutes and Rules of the IPU: amendments to the Rules of the Standing Committees
CL/193/14-P.2 (5 October 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Amendments to the Statutes and Rules of the IPU: amendments to the Statutes
CL/193/14-P.3 (5 October 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Sub-amendments to the amendments to the Statutes and Rules submitted within the statutory deadline by the delegation of Pakistan PDF [English] [French]
Sub-amendments to the amendments to the Statutes and Rules submitted within the statutory deadline by the delegation of Belgium PDF [English] [French]
Sub-amendments to the amendments to the Statutes and Rules submitted within the statutory deadline by the delegation of the United Arab Emirates PDF [English] [French]
IPU Committee on United Nations Affairs
Report of the Committee
A/129/4-R (9 October 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Convocation
UNC/2013/C.1 (17 July 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Concept note: Interaction between national parliaments and UN country teams
UNC/2013/2-Inf.1 (18 July 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Interaction between national parliaments and UN country teams: Mission by the Advisory Group to the IPU Committee on United Nations Affairs to Côte d’Ivoire
UNC/2013/2-R.1 (3 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Follow-up of the 2011 Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries
UNC/2013/3-R.1 (1 October 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Follow-up of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries
UNC/2013/3-Inf.1 (26 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Implications of and action on the recently adopted Arms Trade Treaty
UNC/2013/4-Inf.1 (26 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Implementing UN Security Council resolution 1540 (Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction)
UNC/2013/5-Inf.1 (26 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Revised concept note: Promoting international commitments and defending the rights of vulnerable groups
UNC/2013/6-Inf.1 (26 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Miscellaneous documents
Circular information letter: Update on Assembly preparations
GRP/2013/Inf.6 (2 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Circular information letter
GRP/2013/DSG.3 (5 July 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Vacancies to be filled during the 129th Assembly
A/129/Inf.1.rev (23 September 2013)
PDF [English] [French]
Provisional annotated agenda of the Meeting of Young Parliamentarians PDF [English] [French]
Post-Assembly meetings
Round-table discussion: parliamentarians, a critical force in promoting the abolition of the death penalty PDF [English] [French]
Joint IPU-ASGP Conference "Managing conflict between parliament and the courts" PDF [English] [French]
Tenth Information Seminar on Parliaments and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) PDF [English] [French]
Parliamentary Development Practitioners Meeting PDF [English only]
Surveys and questionnaires
Questionnaire on Members’ participation in the IPU and follow-up of resolutions MS Word [English] [French]
PDF [English] [French]
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DEADLINES
The IPU is currently in the process of putting in place mechanisms to enhance the functioning of its Standing Committees. Among other things, Committees will be encouraged to establish multiyear work plans and to conduct a wider variety of operational activities such as: commissioning research; conducting field missions; preparing and discussing reports on good practices; holding hearings with senior international officials; and monitoring the implementation of IPU resolutions. To this end, in Geneva the governing bodies will be adopting amendments to the IPU Statutes and Rules.

The provisional calendar for the preparation of draft resolutions by all three Standing Committees (transitional phase) is as follows:

Date Action
1 September 2013 Submission by the co-Rapporteurs of brief background papers.
7-9 October 2013 Panel discussions on the subject item of the resolutions at the 129th Assembly.
20 November 2013 Deadline for submission of written input by Member Parliaments. These inputs will be given to the co-Rapporteurs for consideration and posted on the IPU website.
17 January 2014 Co-Rapporteurs submit a draft resolution and explanatory note to the IPU Secretariat.
31 January 2014 IPU Secretariat distributes the draft resolutions and explanatory notes to Member Parliaments in English and French.
2 March 2014 Deadline for proposed amendments to the draft resolutions by Member Parliaments.
17-20 March 2014 During the 130th IPU Assembly, Standing Committees meet to debate and adopt the draft resolutions.
20 March 2014 IPU Assembly formally adopts the resolutions.

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Updated on 2 October 2013   
GENERAL TIMETABLE OF THE ASSEMBLY AND RELATED MEETINGS **

Legend:   Assembly or
Governing Council
    Standing Committees or
Panel discussions
   Other Assembly events,
including in camera sessions
      Assembly/Council   Committee/Panel   Other events

Thursday, 3 October 2013
Other events 10:00 - 13:00 and
15:00 - 18:00
Sub-Committee on Finance*
Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters
Friday, 4 October 2013
Other events10:00 - 13:00 and
15:00 - 18:00
Executive Committee*
Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Other events09:00 - 10:00Gender Partnership Group*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events09:30 - 13:00Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians*
Room B, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 10:30 - 12:30 Committee on Middle East Questions*
Room C, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events10:00 - 13:00Executive Committee*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
  14:00 18:00 Opening of Registration
Main entrance, CICG
Other events 14:30 - 17:30 Committee on Middle East Questions*
Room C, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 14:30 - 18:00 Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians*
Room B, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 15:00 - 18:00 Executive Committee*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Sunday, 6 October 2013
Other events 09:00 13:00Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events09:30 - 13:00Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians*
Room B, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 10:00 - 13:00 Committee on Middle East Questions*
Room C, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 14:00 14:45Meeting of the Network of Advisers and Secretaries to delegations
Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
Other events14:30 - 18:00Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians*
Room B, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 15:00 17:30 Joint Meeting of the Standing Committees' Bureaux*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Monday, 7 October 2013 (Day 1)
MORNING
Other events 08:00 08:45Assembly Steering Committee*
VIP Salon, level 3, CICG
Assembly/Council 09:00 11:00Governing Council: Questions relating to IPU membership, reports by the President and Secretary General, finance and presentation of the budget
Room 1, level 1, CICG
Committee/Panel09:00 13:00IPU Committee on UN Affairs
Session 1: Interaction between national parliaments and UN country teams
Session 2: Follow-up of the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV)
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
ASGP09:30 11:00ASGP Executive Committee*
Room 20, level 3, CICG
Other events09:30 - 13:00Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians*
Room B, CCV Annexe, CICG
ASGP11:00 12:30ASGP Meeting
Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
Assembly/Council 11:15 13:00Assembly: Start of proceedings, adoption of an emergency item
Room 1, level 1, CICG
AFTERNOON
Other events 14:30 - 17:30 Committee on Middle East Questions*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
ASGP14:30 - 17:30ASGP Meeting
Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
Committee/Panel 14:30 - 18:00 Panel discussion (Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade)
Towards risk-resilient development: Taking into consideration demographic trends and natural constraints
Room 2, level 0, CICG
Committee/Panel 14:30 18:30IPU Committee on UN Affairs
Session 1: Implications of and action on the recently adopted Arms Trade Treaty
Session 2: Implementing UN Security Council resolution 1540 (Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction)
Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
Tuesday, 8 October 2013 (Day 2)
MORNING
Other events 09:00 - 10:30 Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL)*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Assembly/Council 09:00 11:00 Assembly: Debate on the emergency item
Room 1, level 1, CICG
Other events 09:00 - 11:00 Meeting of the Forum of Young MPs
Room B, CCV Annexe, CICG
Committee/Panel 09:00 - 12:30 Panel discussion (Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights)
The role of parliaments in protecting the rights of children, in particular unaccompanied migrant children, and in preventing their exploitation in situations of war and conflict
Room 2, level 0, CICG
ASGP09:30 10:00ASGP Executive Committee*
Room 20, level 3, CICG
ASGP10:00 12:30ASGP Meeting
Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
Committee/Panel 11:00 - 13:00 Panel discussion on Internally Displaced Persons
Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
Other events 11:15 - 13:00 Drafting committee on the emergency item*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
AFTERNOON
Other events 14:30 - 15:30 Drafting committee on the emergency item*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Committee/Panel 14:30 - 16:30 Panel discussion on Political Party Control over MPs
Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
ASGP14:30 - 17:30ASGP Meeting
Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
Committee/Panel 14:30 - 18:00 Panel discussion (Standing Committee on Peace and International Security)
Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: The contribution of parliaments
Room 2, level 0, CICG
Other events 15:00 - 18:00 Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians*
Room B, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 16:00 - 17:00 Gender Partnership Group*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 17:00 - 18:00 Executive Committee*
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
Other events 17:00 - 18:30Advisory Group of the IPU Committee on UN Affairs*
Room 18, level -1, CICG
Wednesday, 9 October 2013 (Day 3)
MORNING
Assembly/Council 09:00 13:00Governing Council: Debate and adoption of the budget, human rights resolutions, etc.
Room 1, level 1, CICG
Committee/Panel09:00 13:00IPU Committee on UN Affairs
Promoting international commitments and defending the rights of vulnerable groups
Segment 1: Indigenous peoples
Segment 2: Persons with disabilities
Room A, CCV Annexe, CICG
ASGP09:30 10:00ASGP Executive Committee*
Room 20, level 3, CICG
ASGP10:00 12:30ASGP Meeting
Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
AFTERNOON
Assembly/Council 14:30 16:00 Governing Council: Adoption of reports of IPU Committees and other bodies
Room 1, level 1, CICG
ASGP 14:30 17:30 ASGP Meeting
Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
Assembly/Council 16:00 17:30Assembly: adoption of resolution and closing session
Room 1, level 1, CICG

*In camera meeting
**Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the Assembly in the four working languages of the IPU: English, French, Spanish and Arabic. The interpretation of proceedings serves to facilitate communication and does not constitute an authentic or verbatim record of the proceedings. Only the original speech is authentic.
Legend:   Assembly or
Governing Council
   Committees or
Panel discussions
   Other Assembly events,
including in camera sessions
      Assembly/Council   Committee/Panel   Other events

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