Participation of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, in the Annual Parliamentary Hearing, at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, 13-14 February 2017

Participation of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, in the Annual Parliamentary Hearing, at the United Nations Headquarters,  New York, 13-14 February 2017

Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the Annual Parliamentary Hearing, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 13-14 February 2017.

H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly and H.E. Mr. Saber Chowdhury, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, addressed the gathering at the Opening Session. Mr. Hongo Wu, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, delivered a speech on behalf of H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations.

The aim of the 2017 Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations was to provide parliamentary input for the United Nations Ocean Conference, scheduled for 5-9 June 2017. The First World Ocean Assessment, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, showed oceans at risk: resource over-exploitation, marine life deterioration and biodiversity loss, linked to human activity, undermining the sustainability of the world’s largest ecosystem.

In the course of the meeting, parliamentarians, UN officials and experts discussed the issues regarding the state of the oceans and considered their economic benefit, including fishery management and tourism, as well as the effects of pollution and marine debris. The final session was focused on the international jurisdiction and on security issues. At the end of each session, the participants raised and discussed the leading questions concerning the main subjects of the agenda.

In the framework of the 2017 UN Parliamentary Hearing, the PABSEC Secretary General also attended the meeting on “The impact of the climate change on children”, organized at the UNICEF Headquarters. On this occasion, Mr. Asaf Hajiyev had an intervention regarding the importance of the climate change for the entire world and informed the participants about the PABSEC activities in this field.

On 14 February, at the Closing Session, took place the video presentation “Wonderful World”. 

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