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Posted On: 6 April 2019 02:32 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Amir opens 140th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Sheraton

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The Qatar News Agency reported that the HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani attended the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the Sheraton Hotel, where His Highness gave a speech to mark the occasion

Over 1600 parliamentarians, UN partners and experts from around the world gathered in Qatar for the 140th IPU Assembly happening from 6 to 10 April.

Under the overarching theme of education for peace, the Assembly will also consider ways in which parliaments can boost gender equality – particularly in the region, take measures to counter terrorism, promote human rights and invest in renewable energy.

The Qatar Shura Council will host delegates from around 160 countries including 80 Speakers of Parliament, 40 Deputy Speakers, and over 800 MPs, of which 30 per cent are women and 19 per cent are young MPs under 45. Qatar joined the IPU in 2006 and is hosting its first IPU Assembly.

During the Assembly, the IPU will facilitate around 200 parliamentary bilateral meetings, including countries from throughout the Gulf region, to encourage greater regional cooperation and understanding.

The IPU will also take one step closer to achieving universal membership with the participation in Doha of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which will join as the 179th Member Parliament of the IPU. Several Small Island Developing States, who are not yet members of the IPU, will also attend the Assembly as observers.