GENEVA, � An effort to take decisive action towards ending economic, political and social inequality will be the focus of deliberations for more than 650 MPs from 132 countries meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh from1st to 5th April.
Parliamentarians, including 53 Speakers of Parliament, will deliver proposals on a range of issues from ending rising inequality to promoting women's access to financing, during the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, hosted by the Bangladesh Parliament. Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi will be the keynote speaker during the opening session of the debates on 2nd April.
Satyarthi has spent years tackling the tragic impact of inequality on children. He is expected to highlight the role and responsibility of parliamentarians in ending child labour and better protecting children from exploitation. Together with the IPU, he also will call on nations to end child trafficking and make every effort to protect the fundamental rights of children.
New estimates published by Oxfam show that just eight men own the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity. According to the IPU, the consequences of inequality are unsustainable, causing instability and undermining human rights.
In 2015, the international community agreed to take robust action on inequality. Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on governments to "reduce inequalities within and among countries".
During the IPU's assembly, parliamentarians will focus on the impact of inequality on the underprivileged, women and vulnerable groups.
Using Goal 10 as the measure of success, they will potentially look at ways to assess the extent of economic, social and political inequalities, and to ensure the needs of the poor and marginalised are addressed during all levels of decision-making.
IPU Members will adopt a resolution to guarantee the financial inclusion of women as drivers of development. The IPU Standing Committee on Peace and International Security will further examine, and possibly adopt a resolution on the issue of non-interference in the internal affairs of states.
The 136th IPU Assembly will host the 25th Session of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians (#womenMPs). More than 207 women MPs are expected to attend the Dhaka meeting, which among other things, will focus on ending the gender gap in access to financial services.
The IPU's Forum of Young Parliamentarians (#youngMPs) will also meet at the assembly, infusing a youth perspective into the deliberations.
The Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians will examine cases involving the abuses of MPs' human rights. Hearings are planned with national authorities or individuals.
Source: Emirates News Agency