A mega conference of world parliamentarians today begins in Dhaka, promising to focus on ways to end political and economic inequalities to defend democracy and human rights.
Some 687 members of 131 national parliaments from many countries are expected to join the five-day conference organized jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad. Approximately 1,348 delegates will attend the conference.
Participants, including 45 speakers, 37 vice-presidents and more than 200 women MPs, should make specific proposals on a series of issues, the end of growing inequality and the promotion of Women's access to funding at the 136th IPU Assembly.
"Taking decisive action to end economic, political and social inequalities will be the subject of deliberations …", according to a statement issued by the IPU headquarters in Geneva on Monday.
Founded in 1889, the IPU, a world organization of parliaments, works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples.
According to the IPU, the consequences of inequality are unsustainable, causing instability and undermining human rights, said the release.
"During the IPU Assembly, parliamentarians will focus on the impact of inequalities on the poor, women and vulnerable groups"
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, will be the keynote speaker at the opening session tomorrow.
IPU members will adopt a resolution to ensure the financial inclusion of women as engines of development, the publication said.
By attending the assembly, women MPs from different countries in their session of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians would focus on "ending the gender gap in access to financial services ", did he declare.
Participants should also make recommendations for parliamentary action to further promote the values of democracy and strengthen the exercise of democratic government, according to a program of the conference.
The IPU Standing Committee on Peace and International Security will take a closer look, and perhaps adopt a resolution of non-interference in the internal affairs of States in the context of the world of peace, 39, today, added the publication.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the meeting tonight at the South Plaza of Parliament Building. It will publish a commemorative postage stamp and launch IPU television on the Internet.
The next sessions of the Assembly will be held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).
Since its inception, the UIP has been firmly committed to promoting stable and diverse democratic traditions by fostering parliamentary dialogue. He believes that good governance and democracy are fundamental to progress in all areas of life and parliaments have an essential role to play in promoting a better world.
According to IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury, every IPU conference offers MPs to learn from others how parliaments should function to ensure good governance, the rule of law And human rights.
"Parliaments play an important role in all countries and hold their governments accountable for their activities, so if we maintain good relations with members of other countries, this will complement the diplomatic efforts of our government On the international ground, "Saver, who was elected UIP president in 2014, said The Daily Star recently.
Currently, the UIP has 171 members and 11 associate members. Bangladesh gained membership in 1972, but its membership was stripped three times for martial law and emergency regimes.
Speaking at a press conference at BICC yesterday, Saber told reporters that the IPU assembly would create a unique opportunity for Bangladesh to show its economic progress and potential before International communities.
In the briefing, IPU General Secretary Martin Chungong said the assembly would discuss the role of legislators in the fight against activism and the fight against climate change.
He stated that inequality and the culture of impunity were the main reasons for the rise of militancy.
IPU President Saber said that the IPU Executive Committee would decide to develop strategies on how MPs could play their role in the fight against terrorism .
He said that they decided to hold the assembly as a green meeting this year.
"Delegates arrive in Bangladesh by air, emitting carbon dioxide. The total amount of carbon emitted in the delegate transport process will be calculated and neutralized," he said.
As the Upper Secondary Certificate Examination begins tomorrow, travel time for VVIPs and VIPs for assembly would be adjusted so that the movement of HSC candidates will not be hindered tomorrow and April 4, he added, adding that would not be a movement of VVIPS and VIP between 8:00 and 10:00 on these two days.
According to the UIP convention, President Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, as President of the host country, will act as chairman of the assembly.
She said the successful holding of the assembly would be an important step for Bangladesh in its march towards a flourishing democracy, and this would bring a rare honor to the country.
Four level security measures were taken in and around the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
RESTRICTION ON THE VEHICULAR MOVEMENT
According to a notice from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, vehicle movements will be suspended on Manik Mia Avenue – from the Aarong crossing to Khejur Bagan – from 17:30 to 10:00 today.
The movement of vehicles will remain suspended on the road in front of the BICC – BICC crossing through the Gono Bhaban school at the Pratirakkha intersection – every day from 7:00 to 22:00 during the assembly of five days.
The inhabitants of the city are invited to use the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in Agargaon through the Rab-2 office as an alternative way. However, residents traveling to various governmental and non-governmental offices in the area will be able to travel via the BICC route.
Vehicles using Agargaon Link Road will not be allowed to cross the BICC crossing. Instead, they will need to use the Agargaon Light cross.