IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong will urge parliaments to step up their efforts to assist the world’s 10 million stateless people when he addresses a conference in South Africa later this month. MPs and staff from more than 30 parliaments and parliamentary assemblies will identify measures they can implement to combat statelessness, which deprives many people of basic rights but which can be solved with relatively simple changes to laws and practices. Statelessness stems from a variety of factors, including discrimination and the redrawing of national boundaries. The conference, which takes place in Cape Town on 26-27 November, has been organized by IPU, the South African Parliament and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. read more
MPs from around the world will meet in Paris in December to galvanize action on the global threat posed by climate change, and influence the major UN summit being held simultaneously in the city. The MPs will urge world leaders at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, commonly known as the COP21/CMP11 summit, to agree specific means by which their pledges will be turned into reality. They will stress the urgency with which the climate change threat must be addressed and the vital role of parliaments in delivering change. read more
The election of Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi as the first ever woman Speaker of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Parliament has been warmly welcomed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) as a breakthrough not only for the Gulf State but also for the Arab world as a whole. Dr. Al Qubaisi, a former Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council and government minister, is a trailblazer for the region too. She is the first ever woman Speaker of an Arab national parliament. A parliamentarian since 2006, Dr. Al Qubaisi has long been active within IPU and has through this work achieved an international presence. She has been particularly active on gender and youth issues. read more
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