The Inter-Parliamentary-Union (IPU) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are working together to strengthen the role of parliaments in preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism.
The IPU’s High Level Advisory Group on Counter Terrorism is meeting in Abu Dhabi, on 2-3 May, to move ahead with operationalizing the Joint IPU-UNODC Programme. This meeting, organized jointly by the IPU and the UAE Federal National Council, will set targets for assisting parliaments with transforming, inter alia, UN and IPU resolutions on counter terrorism into national legislation, and promote parliamentary cooperation on the issue.
Parliaments play a critical role in strengthening global efforts to counter and prevent terrorism by initiating changes in legislation or enacting new legislation.
It is also parliaments who set budgets for national actions; and who oversee that governmental efforts respect the rule of law, due process and international human rights norms.
To support MPs, the High Level Advisory Group, chaired by Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the UAE Parliament, was established as a technical think tank made up of experts in the field. The group is neutral and impartial, refraining from any political position, and designed to serve as a platform to exchange best legislative practices on prevention and counter terrorism measures, and promote peace. Pledging her country’s and her personal commitment to combating the scourge of terrorism and extremist ideology, Dr. Al Qubaisi said hosting the Group in her native Abu Dhabi was “both an honour and a dream come true” for her.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments. It works to safeguard peace and drives positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action.
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