The United Nations General Assembly adopted on 25th July by consensus a resolution on Interaction between the United Nations, national parliaments and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. It is the 15th resolution in a series that started in 1995. Meeting under the chairmanship of the President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, the General Assembly examined a comprehensive Report of the UN Secretary-General which attests to the breadth and scope of cooperation between the UN, parliaments and the IPU in a wide array of areas ranging from peace and security, to... read more
IPU has condemned the attempted military coup and attack on Parliament that took place over the weekend in Turkey, strongly deploring the loss of innocent lives during the events. In a statement issued today, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong expressed condolences to the families of the victims and solidarity with the Turkish people. He appealed for calm and restraint, saying that IPU would continue to closely monitor events in the country. read more
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has condemned the attack that took place yesterday in the southern French city of Nice during the 14 July celebrations marking Bastille Day. An armed assailant ploughed a truck through the crowd enjoying the festivities. At least 84 people have been killed, including several children. Many more are seriously injured. The Nice incident is the third major terrorist episode to hit France in less than two years, following the Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan/Stade de France attacks. read more
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