The 143rd session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was officially opened in MADRID tonight, with the participation of the President of the Assembly of Serbia, Ivica Dačić.
About a thousand participants, parliamentarians from around the world will discuss until November 30 the solution to key problems in the world, such as the Kovid 19 pandemic, climate change, the spread of misinformation, strengthening democracy, but also violence against women.
IPU President Duarte Paceco said at the meeting that the corona virus showed all countries how dependent they are on each other and that only together can they win, stating that global solutions need the same solutions.
He warned that a coronary virus pandemic could increase inequality, poverty and unemployment, as well as the economic crisis, and that he could not just talk about it.
– We parliamentarians like to talk, but we have to do more. We must take responsibility and act to solve that problem – he said.
Paceko also pointed out the problem of democracy in the corona crisis, which, as he added, must be defended every day.
– Many misinformation appeared and that led to polarization in the society – said Pačeko and said that attention must be paid to vulnerable categories.
According to him, during the pandemic, ie during the lockdown, the number of violence against women increased, while young people lost a lot and became vulnerable.
– The Inter-Parliamentary Union is committed to resolving these issues – he said and added that climate change is also one of the important priorities.
The guests were welcomed in Madrid by Philip VI, King of Spain, who said that parliaments are key to democracy and pluralism.
– Parliaments are not only representatives, they also make decisions in times of crisis and that is why it is important to focus on debates and talk about threats to democracy – he said.
The presidents of the Congress and the Senate also spoke at the opening of the meeting, who also spoke about the challenges to democracy in the corona crisis.
Tomorrow, a General Debate will be held with the participation of the President of the Assembly of Serbia, who will previously have a series of bilateral meetings with representatives of parliaments from different countries.
Members will also adopt a new IPU strategy for the period 2022-2026.
The new strategy aims to refocus the IPU in areas where it can have the greatest impact and where there is an urgent need for parliamentary action.
The strategy identifies policy priorities for the next five years, namely actions against climate change, democracy, human rights and gender equality, peace and security, and sustainable development.
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