A very Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to Honorable Sir/Madam, respected seniors, and my dear friends, Warm Greetings to Everyone!
Thank you all for taking out time and being present at this seminar session. Today, we are here to celebrate the most important day, ‘International Day of Parliamentarism’.
We all know that strong parliaments are an integral cornerstone of democracy. They express people’s voices, pass legislation, distribute funds to implement laws and policies, and hold governments to account. They work to ensure policies help everyone, particularly the most vulnerable. Parliament frequently combines foreign and national agendas to ensure that governments enforce the foreign treaties and agreements of which they are signatories.
The International Day of Parliamentarism is an occasion to honor parliament as the pillar of democracy, and as institutions built to better the lives of the people, they serve acting responsively. This day is celebrated every year on 30th June, the date in 1889 on which the IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) was founded. The Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution. This present-day celebrates parliaments and therefore the ways within which parliamentary systems of the state improve the day-to-day lives of individuals the planet over. It’s also a chance for parliaments to require stock, identify challenges, and ways to handle them effectively.
The IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) is that the alignment of national parliaments The Union is that the point of interest for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. To this end, this coalition encourages contacts, coordination, and exchange of experiences among parliaments and parliamentarians from all countries, examines problems with international importance and expresses its views on these issues in order that parliaments and parliamentarians can exercise their role, contributes to the defense and promotion of human rights as a vital factor of republic and development, contributes to a higher knowledge of the work of representative institutions, further on the strengthening and development of their means of action.
The International Parliamentarism Day is a time for reviewing the progress that parliaments have made in achieving some key goals to be more representative and move with the times, including self-assessment, working to include more women and young MPs, and adapting to new technologies.
Legislative organizations play a leading role in fostering legislative participation in processes and events at the United Nations. Nevertheless, it is understood that when parliamentarians express their concerns and ambitions to the UN, the Organization is encouraged to work more closely with the world’s peoples. The International Day of Parliamentarism isn’t the sole UN day connected to democracy. Since 2007, September 15 is widely known as ‘International Day of Democracy’ following a resolution of the UN General Assembly which stated that “democracy could be a universal value supported the freely-expressed will of individuals to work out their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation all told aspects of life.”
Honorable ladies and gentlemen, you all know that ‘Democracy Without Borders’ is persuaded that the right to democracy transcends national borders because, as the mission statement states, big public decisions are gradually being made outside the nation-state in the age of globalization.
For us, the International Day of Parliamentarism is not only an opportunity to emphasize the critical importance of parliament in any democratic society, but it is also an opportunity to reinforce the call for a global parliament.
Hope you all have a great time.
Thank you all.