President of the IPU, Hon. Gabriela Cuevas Barron (left), hosting Speaker of the Shura Council of Qatar, Hon. Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud (centre) and Secretary General of the IPU, Martin Chungong during the press briefing
|Story by George Sanzila
Doha, Qatar - Doha, Qatar - The IPU Assembly has endorsed the Doha declaration in which parliamentarians emphasised the importance of education to enhance peace, security and the rule of law. This information was revealed by the President of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), Hon. Gabriela Barron and IPU Secretary General, Martin Chungong during a closing press briefing today.
Speaking to the media, Hon. Barron noted that parliamentarians had a duty to seek effective and sustainable solutions to ensure a peaceful and inclusive future. She further noted that access to quality education for all would help contain social challenges such as xenophobia and extremism and ensure vibrant democracies.
The assembly adopted a new resolution condemning the use of mercenaries and lawmakers reaffirmed their commitments to the ideals of sovereignty, territorial integrity of states and the non-interference in domestic issues of other states. At the same meeting of the world’s parliaments, MPs voted overwhelmingly for an emergency resolution calling for urgent action to support people of the countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe that were recently ravaged by Cyclone Idai.
The resolution urges for support for the most vulnerable people that are left with no clean water or food, especially women, children and the elderly.
A resolution on trade was also adopted by the assembly. It seeks to strengthen a rules- based multilateral approach to trade and investment in order to deliver fair development outcomes.
IPU is a global organisation of parliaments founded over 130 years ago. It comprises of 178 national member parliaments and 12 regional parliamentary bodies. Its main function is to promote peace and democracy and ensure equal representation in parliaments.
The Namibian Parliament was represented at the event by Head of delegation, Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi, Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Margaret Mensah Williams and other MPs. Hons. Heather Sibungo, Elma Dienda, Phillipus Katamelo and Rosalia Shilenga.