MPs have stake in upholding peace, democracy: Gurirab

WINDHOEK: The Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), as the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue, is the ideal platform for parliaments to pledge renewed commitment to peace and democracy.

Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab made the statement at the 130th IPU Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland from 16 March to 20 March 2014.

Gurirab was quoted as saying in a statement availed to Nampa yesterday that regardless of previous efforts, they continue to witness new conflicts and threats to democratic governance.

He said it is very disconcerting to know that an estimated 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by violent conflict.

Gurirab said What is equally alarming is that conflict-affected countries remain furthest away from achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and conflicts destroy lives and livelihoods, especially women and people in vulnerable situations.

He noted that peace, democracy and human rights are co-existent features of good governance and there cannot be one without the other.