The new Speaker of Lithuanian Parliament, Mr. Viktoras Pranckietis paid a courtesy call on the IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong at the IPU headquarters in Geneva on 25 April. Mr. Pranckietis and Mr. Chungong discussed the current challenges facing the international community, including Syria and the migration crisis. They also spoke about priorities for IPU’s work, especially the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and gender parity in politics. Mr. Pranckietis was elected as the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament in November 2016. read more
More than 50 young parliamentarians from Asia-Pacific countries have gathered in Sri Lanka today and tomorrow to discuss their role in advancing inclusive and peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism in the region. In recent years, the world has witnessed new waves of violent extremism that have threatened the security and stability of societies across the world. This is a growing concern for the security of the Asia-Pacific region. Parliaments are among the key institutions that can play an effective role in preventing violent extremism (PVE). In addition to ratifying and facilit ... read more
During the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka, 40 parliamentarians carried out a field visit to two facilities catering to the needs of adolescents and disadvantaged children. The facilities—the Adolescent Development and Participation (ADP) club and the Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre—were set up by UNICEF in collaboration with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Women and Children Affairs as part of UNICEF’s overall objective to promote the rights of the child. Both centres are located in Baunia Badh, Mirpur (Dhaka). The ADP club informs adolescent girls and boys of their rights and provides a venue to discuss issues such as child marriage...read more
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