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
More than 500 parliamentary delegates, including close to 300 MPs from across the world, will seek to galvanise parliamentary action on the global threat posed by climate change by implementing a potentially landmark global agreement after they meet in Paris next week. Organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the French Parliament, the meeting on 5-6 December is expected to adopt an outcome document and endorse a parliamentary action plan on climate change to support solution-focused global measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. read more
IPU President Saber Chowdhury is seeking to strengthen the partnership between IPU and the parliaments of the Latin American region during a visit to Panama on 25-28 November. Addressing the 31st General Assembly of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino) on 27 November, President Chowdhury urged the representatives of 23 national parliaments from the region to work more closely with IPU in dealing with the global issues of the day, and on the impact of political violence on the safety of citizens, a major concern for Latin America. Parlatino is one of the 10 regional parliaments that have Associate Membership with IPU. read more
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