The 136th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly began on Saturday, focusing on taking decisive action to end rising social, political and economic inequalities and to ensure no interference with the internal affairs of states in the present global context.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the five-day long assembly at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad premises Saturday evening.
The theme of this year's IPU Assembly is “Redressing Inequalities: Delivering on Dignity and well being for all”, reports BSS.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Children's Rights Activist Kailash Satyarthi will present the key-note paper at the assembly on Sunday.
The Bangladesh parliament is hosting IPU Assembly, the century-old organisation of world legislators, for the first time after joining the forum in 1972.
A total of 1,348 delegates including 650 parliament members, 53 speakers, deputy speakers and 209 female parliamentarians of 131 countries are attending the mega event.
They will discuss various issues focusing on redressing inequalities, ensuring empowerment of women and the role of parliament in preventing outside interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states during their deliberations in various sessions.
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All sessions of the assembly will be held in five halls at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
A modern makeshift media centre equipped with computers, laptops, high-speed internet bandwidth and adequate manpower was set up at the BICC for local and foreign media to send news feeds.
Earlier on Friday, IPU President Saber Hossain Chowdhury at a press briefing said the 136th IPU Assembly will help showcase the country's ongoing economic progress before the international community.
Furthermore, the government has taken fool-proof security measures for the foreign dignitaries in order to hold the five-day long assembly peacefully.
The IPU Assembly, which was earlier called the Inter-Parliamentary Conference, is the principal statutory body that expresses the views of the global forum on political issues, bringing together parliamentarians to study international problems and make recommendations for action.
The IPU, established in 1889 with its headquarters in Switzerland, is the focal point for global parliamentary dialogues for peace, development, and cooperation among nations, and also serves to safeguard representative democracy.