NA Chairwoman attends IPU-137 opening in Russia

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and delegates attend the IPU-137 (Source: VNA)

Saint Petersburg (VNA) – National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has led a
high-ranking NA delegation of Vietnam to attend the 137th Inter-Parliamentary
Union Assembly (IPU-137) that officially opened in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on
October 14.

event, themed “Promoting cultural pluralism
and peace through inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue”,
was attended by about 2,000 delegates, including more than 80 parliamentary
leaders from IPU member nations.

the opening ceremony, Russian President Vladimir Putin said it is an honour for
Russia to host the 137th assembly of the IPU, the world’s
oldest international parliamentary cooperation organisation, with a rich
agenda, including discussions on protection of human rights
and freedoms, the fight against terrorism, global sustainable
development, and the role of women and young people
in politics and the economy.

Putin suggested the IPU nations promote a peaceful, creative and balanced
agenda, to reduce strife, prevent the emergence of new
separating opinions, including ethnic and religious ones, jointly move
towards shaping a fairer and more solid architecture
of international relations.

his part, IPU President Saber Chowdhury called on parliamentarians to seek
measures for current issues, and discuss a new agenda, promoting
cultural pluralism and peace through inter-faith
and inter-ethnic dialogue.

of the Federation Council of Russia Valentina
Ivanovna Matviyenko highlighted the importance of the IPU-137 agenda,
noting that the assembly will consider issuing a resolution on marking the 20th
anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Democracy, reflecting its position
in the current democracy systems, promoting and ensuring democratic principles.

the framework of IPU-137 and related meetings from October 14-15, the delegates
will hold a general debate on “promotion of cultural pluralism and peace
through inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue”; ratify resolutions and
reports of the standing committees, the final documents of the general debate, and
adopt the theme of the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights for IPU

participants will also elect a new IPU President for the 2017-2021 tenure and
additional members of the executive committee, and discuss the IPU’s strategy
for the period, among others.-VNA

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