GENEVA, -- Top women MPs will gather in Abu Dhabi on 12th and 13th December, 2016, for the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliaments, announced Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council.

''The two-day parliamentary gathering will be hosted by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, under the theme ''United for Shaping the Future''. It will convene 50 women speakers from across the world for the first time in the history of the international parliamentary work,'' said Al Qubaisi at a joint press conference she held with co-host of the event President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Saber Hossain Chowdhury, and IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong.

Al Qubaisi is leading the UAE Parliamentary Division to the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly and related meetings to be convened in Geneva from 24th to 27th October.

''The UAE's hosting of the summit is yet another testimony of the influential status of the country and its able leadership in many issues of concern to the international community like women's empowerment. According to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council the UAE ranks number one in the world for treating women with respect ,'' Al Qubaisi added.

''The summit will explore methods of mobilising the will of leaders and lawmakers to develop mechanisms of change that are responsive to requirements for sustainable prosperity and security in a rapidly transforming world,'' she further said.

The summit would provide a fitting platform to discuss major challenges facing the world and exchange ideas on the best way to address them in the coming three decades, she said.

''Our message through this gathering is to think optimistically and critically in the future so as to present solutions that contribute to end conflicts,'' she concluded.

Saber Chowdhury told the media that this was the first time that such an international parliamentary conference was being convened in the Arab world and Middle East.

''Going to Abu Dhabi for the summit at that time specifically means we are going to the right place. The Abu Dhabi summit will can help in promoting the culture of peace globally through national, sustainable plans. First and foremost, the summit will be able to produce answers to what we need to address challenges,'' he said.

The IPU-FNC partnership would mark a fresh departure towards a new vision for the Middle East, Martin Chungong said.

''The Abu Dhabi Summit will serve as a strong message to the people in the region about the vital role of women in their communities and see how this international meeting can build a partnership between female and male MPs, and other stakeholders in the region and the world at large,'' he added.

Source: Emirates News Agency