On 19-20 August, the Speaker Andreas Norlén participated in the Inter-Parliamentary Union's (IPU) fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which was held virtually.
Parliamentary leadership for dealing with current challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change were in focus.
Over 100 Speakers of Parliament participated in the conference.
An overall topic was the importance of multilateralism in maintaining international peace and security, and in securing sustainable development. Among the main speakers were UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Chair of the IPU Gabriela Cuevas Barron, and Speaker of the Austrian Parliament Wolfgang Sobotka, who also hosted the conference.
During the meeting, the Speaker of the Riksdag Andreas Norlén participated in a panel debate on improving governance by bridging the gap between national parliaments and voters. Other participants in the panel included Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Fabrizio Hochschild-Drummond, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General for preparations for the UN's 75th anniversary.
"I especially emphasised the importance of the national parliaments' control functions in handling topical and comprehensive challenges, for example, connected with the COVID-19 pandemic", says the Speaker Andreas Norlén. "I also stressed the value of the inclusive role of parliaments, as our national parliaments represent their entire countries and populations.
Furthermore, the Speaker Andreas Norlén underlined the role of national parliaments.as a guarantee for democracy and human rights, and their unique role as a link between the people and the government.
The delegation to the conference included members of the Riksdag Anna Vikström (Social Democratic Party) and John Widegren (Moderate Party).
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