The participation of the PABSEC Delegation in the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, Switzerland on 23 - 27 October 2016
The PABSEC Delegation took part in the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), together with more than 700 parliamentarians from 138 countries, including 67 Speakers of Parliament, 47 Deputy Speakers of Parliament from all over the world, on 23 - 27 October 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The PABSEC Delegation was composed by Mrs. Maja Gojkovic, the PABSEC President and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, and Mrs. Violeta Ivanov, the PABSEC Vice-President and the Head of the PABSEC Moldovan Delegation.
Addressing the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mrs. Gojkovic emphasised the importance of the role played by the Parliament in the protection of human rights, stressing that this important institution holds a central place in this respect in the democratic countries. The Parliament’s key task is to pass laws which will safeguard human rights, pointed out Mrs. Gojkovic, adding that by ratifying international legal mechanisms, Parliaments and States guarantee that human rights will be respected.
In Geneva, Mrs. Gojkovic also met with Mr. Saber Chowdhury, the IPU President where they discussed issues of common interest and cooperation between the two interparliamentary organisations.
Mrs. Violeta Ivanov, the PABSEC Vice-President also attended the Session of the IPU Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade, which tackled the Parliamentary contribution to the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference, also debating on “Promoting enhanced international cooperation on the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular on the financial inclusion of women as a development driver”. She welcomed the growing awareness of the international community and the world parliamentarians regarding the climate change challenges, their consequences, human potential, economic and environmental costs, strongly believing that the joint efforts will help mitigate national and international level climate change risks.