April 07, 2017 | 21:48 (GMT+7)
IPU 136 ends with Dhaka Declaration calling to end inequality
The 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly has wrapped up in the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka with the Dhaka Declaration calling to end inequality around the world.
The assembly, which began on April 1, centered its debates on the theme “Redressing inequalities: Delivering on dignity and well-being for all”.
National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong speaks at an IPU session
The declaration highlighted a wide range of measures that parliaments should consider to reduce inequalities at the national and international levels.
It proposes the parliament strengthen legal frameworks, particularly, by enacting laws and regulations to facilitate the participation of all citizens, including the vulnerable and marginalised groups.
The Dhaka declaration promotes making the economy work for all which can be achieved by pursuing economic and social policies that protect the most vulnerable, particularly investing in public goods such as health care, transport and education for the benefit of all citizens; and by incentivizing small and medium enterprises, including family-owned and cooperative enterprises.
The issues of ensuring labour rights and improving international cooperation are also included in the declaration.
The IPU 136 approved resolution on “The role of parliament in respecting the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of States” submitted by the Standing Committee on Peace and International Security.
The resolution on “Promoting enhanced international cooperation on the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular on the financial inclusion of women as a driver of development” by the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade and the emergency item on “Urgent international action to save millions of people from famine and drought in parts of Africa and Yemen” were also passed.
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong was voted for the second term of office between 2018 and 2022.
This year, the IPU 136 was attended by 1,500 delegates from 131 countries and territories, including Vietnam.