IPU summit focuses on women’s leadership and political participation

Muscat: The Council of Oman concluded its participation in the meetings of the 145th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which was held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 11 to 14 October.

The meeting highlighted the importance of strengthening the presence of women in parliaments, addressing the challenges faced by the presence of young people in parliamentary councils and establishing partnerships between local communities and the economy for the realization of global sustainable development.

The meetings saw the participation of more than 10,000 representatives of different regional and international parliaments who discussed the latest developments and issues related to sustainable development, human rights, international peace and security, international issues of the United Nations and the causes of women and young people, among other issues.

The Council of Oman actively participated in the meetings of the General Assembly, the 210th session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the meetings of the Executive Committee and the standing and specialized committees for five consecutive days in Kigali.

The Council participated in the activities of the meetings of the Standing Committee of the 145th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the 34th session of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians, which discussed the role of parliaments in providing additional support for women.

The meetings also reviewed the experiences of participating countries in empowering, protecting and supporting women, the challenges faced by women due to wars and immigration and a number of gender issues. The Council of Oman was represented at meetings by members of the Council of State; Dr. Mona bint Ahmed Al Sadoon and Maha bint Sulaiman Al Lamki.

The delegation participated in meetings of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians, which discussed the challenges of youth participation in national and international parliaments. Ammar Al Saadi, member of the Majlis Al Shura represented the delegation participating in the meetings.

The Council of Oman’s participation included attending meetings of the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments (ASGP) in the presence of Khalid bin Ahmed Al Saadi, Secretary General of the Council of State and Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Nadabi, Secretary general of the Majlis Al Choura.

The participation of the Council of Oman included the meetings of the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights, at which the Council of Oman was represented by Maha Al Lamki, member of the Council of State and Ali Al Ghaithi, member of the Majlis Al Shura. The participation also included the discussions of the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development in the presence of Qasim Al Ameri and Ammar Al Saadi members of the Majlis Al Shura.

The Council of Oman participated in the meetings of the Standing Committee on International Peace and Security in the presence of Dr. Mona bint Ahmed Al Sadoon, member of the Council of State and Ali bin rashid Al Ghaithi, member of the Majlis Al Shura . Members of the delegation also participated in the meeting of the Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs which discussed climate change and the economic consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, among other issues.

On the sidelines of the General Assembly, Khalid bin Hilal Al Mawali, Speaker of the Majlis Al Shura and head of the delegation met with a number of Speakers of regional and international parliaments. The talks focused on bilateral relations between the Sultanate and their respective countries. He also met with the Speakers of the Arab Parliament and the Speaker of the Parliament of Rwanda.

Mara R. Wilmoth