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Increased support needed for parliamentary oversight of development aid

MPs taking part in the first ever High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation have called for increased support to help them more effectively oversee and scrutinize all development resources as part of a series of measures aimed at strengthening parliamentary involvement in making development efforts more effective.  The MPs, who are attending the high-level meeting on 15-16 April in Mexico as part of national delegations, had met at an IPU, Mexican Congress and Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) forum ahead of the meeting.  [read more]

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Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, Speaker of Parliament – Bangladesh
"I want to serve the people and to take the country forward."
Antonio Palmieri, MP – Italy
"Each of us, if moved by will, can change things for the better."
Hanan Alahmadi, MP – Saudi Arabia
"Happy to be a part of this moment in the history of my country as it makes courageous moves forward."
Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of Parliament – Uganda
"Being in parliament enables me to articulate the reforms needed to various legislations and policies."
Yoerky Sánchez, MP – Cuba
"I am a parliamentarian driven by my desire to serve the people."

Parliaments urged to ensure rights of indigenous peoples are a reality

MPs from around the world have urged parliaments everywhere to work to ensure the equal participation of indigenous peoples in parliaments and political decision-making becomes a reality. In a Declaration issued at the end of a three-day international parliamentary conference on Parliaments and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples organized by the Bolivian Parliament and IPU, MPs recognized that important progress had been made in many countries to fight discrimination and uphold the rights of indigenous peoples, but that there was still a very long way to go. [read more]

Tonga addresses gender imbalance in parliament

Tonga held its first ever Practice Parliament for Women on 10-11 April at the Fale Alea - Legislative Assembly - in Nuku’alofa. With the upcoming general election in November, it was the opportunity to encourage female participation in politics and to come together in a near reality parliament to discuss issues affecting women. Tonga has only ever had seven women MPs in the past 100 years. The Practice Parliament identified and encouraged women to join and showcase their talents and capabilities as potential national leaders. With 30 seats allocated, sessions were broadcast live on radio and covered on national TV.  [read more]

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