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The Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

Posted: 2010-July-21
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  The Inter-Parliamentary Union is convening the 3rd World Conference of Speakers of Parliament - a global summit focusing on democracy, the role of legislative institutions and their relationship with the United Nations. The broad theme for the 2010 Conference is Parliaments in a world of crisis: securing global democratic accountability for the common good.

  The Conference will take place from 19 to 21 July. Unlike the two previous Conferences, held in New York in 2000 and 2005 respectively, the 2010 Conference will take place in the IPU's home town, Geneva, on the premises of the United Nations Office known as the Palais des Nations.

  Preparation of the 3rd World Conference of Speakers of Parliament is coordinated by the Preparatory Committee, composed of some twenty speakers of parliament under the chairmanship of the IPU President, Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab. The Preparatory Committee held its first session from 16 to 17 July 2009, in Geneva, and its second session in New York, from 16 to 17 November 2009. The third session is scheduled to take place in early May 2010, once again in Geneva.

  Practical aspects of the Conference are outlined in the explanatory notethat accompanied invitation letters sent to each Speaker individually.

  Invitations have been extended to the Speakers of all IPU member parliaments and of non-member parliaments (in the case of bicameral parliaments, speakers of both Chambers have been invited). Observers include Presidents of international parliamentary assemblies that are either Associate Members of the IPU or enjoy observer status at IPU meetings; Heads of Programmes and Agencies of the United Nations system and the WTO; as well as Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva.

  Participating delegations should not exceed six persons (ten persons in the case of bicameral parliaments). Observer delegations should be composed of no more than two persons. Participants and observers are requested to use the registration formto inform the IPU Secretariat of the composition of their delegation. The form should be returned to the IPU Secretariat by 7 June 2010 at the latest.

  Only Speakers of Parliament, Presidents of parliamentary assemblies that are Associate Members of the IPU, and guest speakers will be invited to address the Conference. Each delegation is requested to send to the IPU Secretariat a special form to indicate the speaking preferencesfor the timing of the speech by the delegation's leader. A complete list of speakers will be published on this website in advance of the Conference.

  At the close of the proceedings, the Speakers of parliament will adopt a draft declarationon Securing global democratic accountability for the common good. This text has been revised by the Preparatory Committee in the light of amendments received from many parliaments. The revised draft declaration was circulated to all Speakers of Parliament on 20 May.


  1.Adoption of the agenda and rules of the Conference

  2.Presentation of report on How parliaments organize their work with the    United Nations

  3.Presentation of reports on progress since the 2005 Speakers Conference:

  (a) Meeting the Millennium Development Goals;

  (b) Building global standards for democratic parliaments;

  (c) Strengthening the IPU and its relationship with the United Nations.

  4.General Debate: Parliaments in a world of crisis: securing global democratic accountability for the common good

  5.Presentation of report on the Sixth Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament

  6.Presentation of reports from the panel discussions

  (a) Countdown to 2015: Keeping our collective promise on the Millennium Development Goals

  (b) Strengthening trust between parliament and the people

  7.Presentation and adoption of the Final Declaration


Source:;2010-07-19Editor: dell
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