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Dr Luveni Chairs General Assembly

The Fijian Parliament took centre stage at the recent 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly at St Petersburg, Russia. The plenary session at the IPU which rounded up on Tuesday,
20 Oct 2017 11:06
Dr Luveni Chairs General Assembly
Speaker, Jiko Luveni at the 137th IPU General Assembly. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

The Fijian Parliament took centre stage at the recent 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly at St Petersburg, Russia.

The plenary session at the IPU which rounded up on Tuesday, was chaired by the Speaker of the Fijian Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni.

Mrs Luveni had earlier addressed the plenary on behalf of the Faijian Parliament during the debate on ‘Promoting cultural pluralism and peace through inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialogue.’

“The Fijian Parliament recognises that cultural pluralism and peace are important conduits for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development,” Mrs Luveni said.

She said the Fijian Parliamenta is adamant to continue to encourage legal, regulatory and policy frameworks that are inclusive and ensure that all citizens regardless of ethnicity, culture and religion are fully covered under the Bill of Rights of the Constitution and have equal access to the basic needs of life.

Whilst delivering her concluding remarks, she reiterated that since Fiji stands on the constitutional foundation of an inclusive society, the Fijian Parliament will continue to complement the work of the existing institutions of democracy, in efforts to encourage dialogue, respect, and build capacities for co-operation towards harmony and peaceful co-existence.

In a separate side event, the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate addressed the IPU Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade which discussed a draft Outcome Statement on climate change that will be debated at an IPU event at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.

The key message from Mr Usamate was that it was time to bring the Paris Agreement to life and COP23 needed to ensure that pledges were  kept.

Mr Usamate emphasised the need to keep global temperature growth to 1.5 degrees celsius and the need for accessibility to funding assistance.

The 137th IPU General Assembly was held from October 14-18, 2017.

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