|Speaking at the opening session of the NA Standing Committee's 36th session yesterday, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the Interparliamentary Union meeting would provide important messages on peace, democracy and social fairness. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung yesterday said Viet Nam was committed to hosting the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, to be held in the capital from March 28-April 1.
The Vietnamese delegation will participate in sessions that focus on cyber war, water management, children's rights, the role of legislative bodies in ensuring adequate healthcare services for women and children, democracy in the digital age and threats to personal and privacy rights.
Speaking at the opening session of the NA Standing Committee's 36th session yesterday, Chairman Hung said the Interparliamentary Union meeting would provide important messages on peace, democracy and social fairness.
According to NA Committee for Foreign Affairs Chairman and Deputy Head of the Standing Organisation Committee for IPU-132 Tran Van Hang, 126 delegations have registered for the event.
The rehearsal for the opening ceremony will be held at the National Assembly House this Sunday. Relevant agencies are also working hard to tighten security for the event.
Hung said he appreciated the combined efforts made by agencies in fulfilling the remaining work to make the meeting a great success.
At the end of the 132nd Assembly meeting, the IPU is expected to adopt the "Hanoi Declaration", which will be used as an official document for submission to heads of legislative bodies in August and to the United Nations General Assembly in September, 2015.
At the 117th IPU Assembly in Geneva in 2007, Viet Nam's NA was elected to the Executive Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
During the IPU-121 in 2009, Viet Nam was elected to serve as Vice President of the IPU.
Established in 1889 in Paris, the IPU is the oldest multi-national political organisation in the world and currently has 162 members.
In the afternoon, the NA discussed the draft Law on the Fatherland Front. Standing Committee members agreed that the draft Law on the front must clarify supervision of the front and social criticism functions.
The draft Law stipulates that the Fatherland Front can assess and give opinions, suggestions on draft policies and legal documents of the Government, as well as exercise a social-criticism role to debate projects and draft programmes of Government agencies.
The Fatherland Front, according to the draft Law, will contribute to ensure that all of the planning and legal policies of the Government will reflect the situation in society, protect citizens' rights and increase social binding.
The Fatherland Front can give its counter opinions on policies through conferences, documents and can seek ideas from individuals, organisations and hold dialogues.
Today, the NA Standing Committee will debate funding for Tinh Phong-Dung Quat 2 road in the central province of Quang Ngai and the issuance of an amended resolution on environmental tax.
On Friday, Truong Hoa Binh, chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court, will face a question-and-answer session on unjust verdicts handed down by courts.
Minister and Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Affairs, Giang Seo Phu, on Friday will be questioned on the implementation of the National Programme 135 that aims to help extremely-disadvantaged communes escape poverty. — VNS