Fijian MPs among 740 parliamentarians at IPU

Members of the Fiji delegation at the 138th IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Picture: SUPPLIED

Members of the Fiji delegation at the 138th IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 2:51PM A FIVE-member Fijian parliament delegation is among 740 parliamentarians from more than 137 countries attending the 138th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Fijian parliament secretariat said a range of key issues were being discussed, including strengthening parliamentary contribution to the global compact for migration, sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development tackling women’s under-representation in politics, engaging the private sector in renewable energy development, and building sustainable and resilient societies.

It stated that parliamentarians would also identify and agree upon parliamentary inputs to the UN-led reforms on the rights and protection of migrants and refugees.

“The meeting will ensure that the interests of the 6.5 billion people represented in the meet are part of the global negotiations on the new migration regime. MPs will look in detail at their contribution to ensuring domestic enforcement of the two related global compacts expected to be adopted by the UN community later this year,” the secretariat stated. 

The secretariat said that the assembly featured a high-level interactive panel last Sunday (March 25) with the director general of the International Organization for Migration, William Lacy Swing, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein who was in Fiji last month, and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

It stated that the panel provided insights on the current plight of migrants and refugees and their vision for addressing this humanitarian challenge over the next decade. Delegates will also participate in several forums, including the IPU’s Young Parliamentarians and the Women Parliamentarians. 

The Young Parliamentarians forum will have an update and discussion on the Forum’s work plan and activities as well as country reports. 

The women parliamentarians will be looking at actions parliaments can take to address the root causes of the underrepresentation of women in politics.

The Fijian delegation, led by Speaker Dr Jiko Luveni, includes Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki and Opposition MP Professor Biman Prasad.  

There are 75 Speakers of Parliaments and 216 women parliamentarians attending the meeting.