Katjavivi to lead five-member delegation to IPU assembly

Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi is set to depart Windhoek on the 09 October to attend the 141st session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) assembly to be held in Belgrade, Serbia from the 13 to 17 October 2019.

Responding to emailed questions from Nampa, the speaker said he will be leading a delegation consisting of four Members of Parliament (MP's)

They will form part of various parliamentary standing committees and forums at the IPU, he said.

The four include Speaker of the National Council Margaret Mensah (forum for women parliamentarians and governing council); David Boois (parliamentary standing committee on sustainable development); Elma Dienda (Forum of women parliamentarians and standing committee on sustainable development, finance and trade) and Heather Sibungo (forum for woman parliamentarians and young parliamentarians).

Katjavivi said by virtue of his office as Speaker he is part of the governing council of the IPU Assembly which is set to convene under the theme 'Strengthening International Law: Parliamentary Roles and Mechanism and the contribution of Regional Contribution'.

He said the Namibian parliament like all other IPU members has an obligation to monitor and evaluate the country's progress on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's).

Quoting SDG 16 Katjavivi emphasised that member states of the IPU cannot hope for sustainable development without peace, justice, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law,

Therefore, he said members of the IPU should listen to the pleas of the people of Western Sahara and Palestine.

Only when all member states of the international community decide to adhere to the letter and spirit of international instruments, especially those dealing with conflict resolution will the international legal order be strengthened and preserved, Katjavivi said.

Katjavivi added that the sovereignty and equality of states irrespective of their size or geo-political setting should be respected.

He said this begins with country's listening to one another in order to build greater coherence in regional and inter-parliamentary cooperation by being active in bodies such as the IPU.

The IPU assembly is an organisation of global parliaments and parliamentarians who meet every year in order to identify international challenges and make recommendations for action.

Source: Namibia Press Agency