OrderPaperToday- Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Members are gearing to attend the 134th Assembly in Zambia between 19 and 23 March 2016. This assembly will address the critical question of how to rejuvenate democracy and give voice to youth.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments. It works to safeguard peace and drives positive democratic change through political dialogue and concrete action. IPU Assemblies, held twice a year, bring together MPs from the Organization’s 167 Member Parliaments to define policy on key international issues.

A statement released by the body revealed that “hundreds of lawmakers from around the world, including close to 75 Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliament will attend the 134th Assembly, which is being hosted by the Zambian Parliament.

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“The Assembly will take place on the heels of IPU’s third Global Conference of Young MPs, which has a specific focus on the youth role in delivering the new generation of development goals agreed by world leaders in 2015.”

According to the statement, “Parliamentarians attending the 134th IPU Assembly in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, next month, will have the opportunity to engage directly with candidates campaigning to be the next UN Secretary-General.

“Elections for a new UN Secretary-General will take place in the autumn this year with the chosen candidate beginning her/his mandate at the start of 2017. the Assembly will seek ways to reverse waning youth interest in formal politics – a critical step towards safeguarding and strengthening democracy in all cultures.  It will also be an opportunity to explore innovative ideas that enhance and modernize democratic culture, institutions and practice.”

The statement also mentioned that other “debates will focus on preventing child and forced marriage, environmentally sustainable parliaments, and more open and accountable parliaments. Resolutions on boosting global cooperation to combat terrorism and protecting the world’s cultural heritage are expected to be adopted at the Assembly.”

The Assembly will also afford female lawmakers “the forum for women MPs to hold their twice-yearly meeting as part of IPU’s ongoing work to empower and strengthen women parliamentarians.”

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