Speaker M.Enkhbold addresses the IPU Assembly

Speaker M.Enkhbold speaking at an IPU Assembly meeting

Speaker of Parliament M.Enkhbold is participating in the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which is being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from April 1 to 5.

Speaker M.Enkhbold chaired the assembly’s Asia-Pacific group meeting, which reviewed amendments to the group’s constitution; adoption of the group’s protocols agreed upon during the 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in Geneva, Switzerland; and candidate selection for the boards of a young parliamentarians forum, bureau of women parliamentarians, committee on Middle East questions, and committee on the human rights.

Speaker M.Enkhbold told the meeting’s attendees that the theme of the assembly, “Readdressing Inequalities: Delivering on dignity and well-being for all”, will be of great importance to implementing the objectives of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and reducing inequality around the world.

During the assembly, Speaker M.Enkhbold met with current President of the IPU and Member of Bangladesh’s Parliament Saber Hossain Chowdhury to discuss cooperation between Mongolia and the IPU. The Speaker asked Chowdhury to help officials from Mongolia’s Parliament Secretariat participate in training, seminars, and other activities hosted by the IPU.

Chowdhury noted that Mongolian delegates have been actively participating in the IPU’s activities, and that it is possible for Mongolian Parliament Secretariat officials to attend the IPU’s training. He underlined that there should be a greater focus on improving collaboration between parliaments to deal with the issues facing the world.

The President of the IPU asked Speaker M.Enkhbold to select one of his delegates to serve as the Mongolian delegate at the meeting of the IPU Committee on the Human Rights.

The Speaker nominated MP D.Lundeejantsan to participate in the meeting. While in Dhaka, Speaker M.Enkhbold also attended a meeting for heads of geopolitical groups and chairmen of standing committees.

The meeting’s attendees discussed enhancing the participation of women and youth in parliament, the implementation of resolutions and decrees issued by the IPU, and crucial issues concerning the human rights, conflict, and migration concerns facing Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and Cambodia.

Speaker M.Enkhbold spoke during the meeting and highlighted that there should be a focus on increasing the participation of young parliamentarians in the IPU, because parliamentarians under the age of 45 make up nearly ten percent of the IPU’s membership.

The meeting’s attendees noted that parliaments of IPU member states have the responsibility to present the IPU with their annual reports, but over 70 percent of them fail to submit them. Speaker M.Enkhbold proposed that each region appoint a representative in charge of report presentation for a better outcome. The meeting’s attendees supported the Speaker’s proposal.