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Wednesday, 02 September 2015

On August 31, 2015, Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament) Z.Enkhbold has attended in the opening ceremony of the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

This summit of Speakers of Parliament from across the world is a unique forum for dialogue and cooperation between parliaments at the highest level. The overall theme of the Conference will focus on peace, democracy, and development seen through the parliamentary lens.

The opening speech was delivered by President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Mr. Saber Chowdhury, where the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon has greeted the attending parliamentary speakers.

In his remarks, UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon noted, “It is a great honour and pleasure to address the distinguished speakers of the world’s parliaments. You stand for peace. You stand for democracy. You are the embodiment of the opening words of the United Nations Charter: “We, the peoples.”

We are being challenged to strengthen our collective resolve to promote peace and security, sustainable development and human rights around the world.

I commend you, as parliamentarians of the world, and your organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, for the valuable role you played in shaping this new framework. Your contribution to its implementation will be equally critical in ensuring that the agenda is translated from the global to the national. People will look to you to hold your governments accountable for achieving the goals, and to write the laws and invest in the programmes that will make them a reality.

People want education, healthcare and more job opportunities. They want to live without fear. They want to be able to trust their governments and institutions. They want full respect for their human rights and they are rightly demanding a greater say in the decisions that affect their lives”.

Besides, President of the UN General Assembly Mr. Sam K. Kutesa and the UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Mr. Forest Whitaker, artist, humanist have delivered keynote addresses at the opening ceremony.

Afterward, the IV World Conference of Speakers of Parliament has began with the Plenary sitting One, where reports were presented by Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda Ms. Rebecca Kadaga on the topic “Implementation of major recommendations of previous Speakers' Conferences and the growing parliamentary dimension to international cooperation“; by Speaker of the National Assembly, Mauritius, Ms. Santi Bai Hanoomanjee and Speaker of the Bundestag, Germany, Mr. Norbert Lammert on “Mainstreaming gender equality into the work of parliaments” as well as by Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, Mr. Zhang Dejiang.

In his speech, Chairman Zhang Dejiang underlined that the parliaments of all countries need to work together on the basis of consensus to build a world with greater justice and democracy and create better conditions for lasting peace and sustainable development. Parliaments should fulfill their duties by providing strong legal guarantee for building a more equitable and balanced new type of global development partnership and promoting mutually-beneficial cooperation at all levels and in all areas. The parliaments of all countries should strengthen the sharing of experience in governance, and play an active role in promoting people-to-people friendship and exchanges.

Moreover, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan, Mr. Tadamori Oshima has also gave a speech noting that Japan gives importance to human rights and human security issues as well as strives to ensuring their safety as considered as one of the essential criteria of a democratic society. After the World War II, the mankind expressed a desire for peace and an end to violence. Japan has given a special attention to its younger generation establishing a peaceful view of the development of democracy.

During the IV World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, Chairman of the Parliament of Mongolia Z.Enkhbold held a meeting with Speaker of the Bundestag, Germany, N.Lammert by exchanging views on current ongoing events as well as inter-parliamentary issues of the two countries.

Speaker of the Parliament, Mongolia, Z.Enkhbold will be delivering a speech at the Plenary sitting Two themed “Challenges facing parliaments today” to take place at General Assembly Hall on September 1, 2015, (GMT -4).

Speaker Z.Enkhbold is accompanied with two members of parliament and during the IV World Conference, MP Su.Batbold will be attending the Panel discussion themed “Parliamentary oversight: Challenges and opportunities”, where MP Ts.Oyungerel at the Panel discussion themed “Translating the SDGs into action”. 

Press and Public Relations Department of the State Great Hural of Mongolia