|The 132nd assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU-132), which will open in Ha Noi tomorrow and run until April 1. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — The 132nd assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU-132), which will open in Ha Noi tomorrow and run until April 1, will focus on goals for sustainable development and global issues.
It will be the biggest multilateral diplomatic event held in Viet Nam.
More than 160 international delegations, including those from IPU member parliaments, associate members, and foreign organisations, will discuss the theme Sustainable Development Goals: Turning Words into Actions by reviewing the implementation of Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2000. They will then establish a framework for development after 2015.
Delegates will ratify draft resolutions made by committees on peace and international security; sustainable development, finance and trade; democracy and human rights; and United Nations affairs.
And the Association of Secretary Generals of Parliaments will hold meetings to debate various themes, including Finding the structure of a parliamentary secretariat with maximum efficiency as proposed by the Vietnamese National Assembly and Lobbyists and interest groups: the other aspect of the legislative process, proposed by the Philippines.
A meeting will be held by the Forum of Young Parliamentarians to express their views on a draft resolution on cyber war and another on shaping a new water governance system.
As part of the IPU-132, more than 200 female delegates will attend the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians to mark its 30th founding anniversary.
The IPU-132, set to include 67 sessions and 66 bilateral meetings, is a chance for the National Assembly to demonstrate its international integration and the country's growing position in the global arena.
Press centre opens
Yesterday, a press centre was opened in Ha Noi to handle the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, which starts tomorrow.
The centre will provide material facilities for local and foreign correspondents and assist organisers manage press activities.
Chairman of the National Assembly's Committee for External Relations and Deputy Head of the IPU-132's organising board, Tran Van Hang, said the event would draw world attention.
Ngo Duc Manh, vice-chairman of the NA's Committee for External Relations and Head of the IPU-132 Sub-Committee on Information-Communication, said the assembly was one of the biggest political and diplomatic events hosted by Viet Nam.
The event will engage Viet Nam's leading press organisations, such as the Vietnam News Agency, Radio The Voice of Viet Nam and the Vietnam Television, together with local authorities and agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
All event photos will be uploaded to an online Flickr page at www.ipu.org/132pics, he added.
Viet Nam wanted to contribute to the IPU's evaluation of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the outlining of post-2015 sustainable development goals.
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung made the statement during a reception for former IPU Secretary-General Anders Johnsson in Ha Noi yesterday.
Hung thanked Johnsson for his support in organising the IPU-132 event, saying he hoped to receive Johnsson's further recommendations during the event.
Johnsson spoke highly of Viet Nam's preparations for the meeting, saying that the event would provide participants with positive impressions and promote Viet Nam among the international community.
Also yesterday, Hung said that the IPU-132 was an opportunity for the public and the NA to share friendship and co-operation with parliamentarians and people from around the world.
He was speaking as co-chair of an international press conference with IPU President Saber Chowdhury.
He said the event was an important milestone in Viet Nam's diplomatic history as well as a significant political event showing the country's active international integration as a responsible member of the world community.
Hung said the event was a chance for Viet Nam to review its implementation of the MDGs and discuss sustainable development goals.
He said the event would also focus on improving gender equality through increasing women's engagement in politics and other areas, as well as improving the living standards of women globally.
He said the Vietnamese NA planned to give women at least 30 per cent of total parliament seats.
Chowdhury said Viet Nam was playing an increasingly important role in the world and had been widely recognised for its achievements in realising MDGs.
He said the IPU had 166 members with over 47,000 parliamentarians representing 6.5 billion people.
Chowdhury said the IPU's objective was to bring parliaments closer and enhance their co-operation for a peaceful and prosperous world through strengthening dialogues. — VNS