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The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Dr. Margaret N. Nasha will leave for Geneva, Switzerland on the 14th March to attend the 130th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly from the 16th to the 20th March 2014.

The Hon. Speaker will be accompanied by members of Parliament, Hon. Botlogile Tshireletso, Hon. Prince Maele, and Hon. Dr. Habaudi Hobona.
The Assembly which convenes under the theme “The IPU at 125: Renewing our commitment to peace and democracy” is expected to attract over 1,300 participants from more than 120 IPU member national Parliaments, regional Parliaments, observers and international organizations.

The Hon Speaker Nasha was unanimously endorsed at the 129th Assembly to Chair the Africa Geo-Political Group of the IPU for a year commencing with the 130th Assembly. She will chair all meetings of the geo-political group and among her immediate tasks, is the spearheading of the Election campaign of the Africa Group candidate for the IPU Secretary General’s position, Mr Martin Chungong of Cameroon.

The 130th Assembly will also focus on the adoption of resolutions by the three Standing Committees of the IPU, on topical issues as follows;
• First Standing Committee (Peace and International Security): towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: the contribution of parliaments.
• Second Standing Committee (Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade): towards risk-resilient development: taking into consideration demographic trends and natural constraints.

• Third Standing Committee (Democracy and Human Rights): the role of Parliaments in protecting the rights of children, in particular unaccompanied migrant children, and in preventing their exploitation in situations of war and conflict.
On the side-lines of the Assembly the following meetings will also take place;
• Meeting of Women Parliamentarians
• Meeting of Young Parliamentarians.

Members will also have an opportunity to participate in the debates led by the IPU Gender Partnership Group which will culminate in the adoption of a plan of action on ways to make Parliaments more gender sensitive. The plan of action focuses on a wide range of issues including increasing the number of women in Parliaments and within their decision-making bodies. It will similarly address the many challenges women MPs and Parliamentary staff face in the working environment of a predominantly male Parliament.
The delegation is expected back on 21st March, 2014.

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