Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Chairperson calls for all Parliamentarians to work together to address global inequalities as she addresses MPs at 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bangladesh 

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh was given the rare privilege of addressing the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) when it took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1-5 April 2017.

The CPA Chairperson spoke about the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in parliamentary strengthening across Commonwealth Parliaments and beyond and how Parliamentarians across the world need to work together to end extreme inequalities.

Please on the link below or click here to view the CPA Chairperson’s address to the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bangladesh.

Over the five-day Assembly, IPU Members has the opportunity to find out more about the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the International CPA Secretariat through displays of programmes on a large screen and through booklets, leaflets and information in the ‘CPA corner’, which was established by the CPA Chairperson to showcase the work of the CPA to a wider membership at the IPU.

During the IPU Assembly, Members identified parliamentary measures to ensure the economy benefits all, strengthens protection of workers’ rights including the right to a decent living, and improve international co-operation. Parliamentarians also pledged to work towards the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 10 on redressing inequalities within and among countries.

IPU Members adopted a comprehensive resolution on guaranteeing women access to financial mechanisms. The resolution recommended that parliaments develop specific methods to facilitate the financial inclusion of poor women, ensuring they have access to credit, as well as to financial and business training.
Over 1,200 people attended the IPU 136th Assembly in Dhaka, jointly organized with the Bangladesh Parliament. Amongst them were 607 MPs from 126 countries, 46 Speakers of Parliament, 36 Deputy Speakers of Parliament and 191 women MPs.

For images of the IPU Assembly please click here.


Published Wednesday 12th April 2017.

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