Posted by: APO | 5 October 2007

South African Parliament sends high -level delegation to the 117th IPU Assembly







Parliament, South Africa, 5 October 2007 South African Parliament sends a high level delegation to the 117th Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU)

The Speaker to Parliament will next week lead a parliamentary delegation to the 117th Assembly of the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Related Meetings to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 8 – 10 October 2007.

The Assembly with themes such as the role of Parliamentarians in striking a balance between national security, human security and individual freedoms in averting a threat to democracy, seeks to develop mechanisms to enable the IPU to deal effectively with the challenges in this regard.


Beyond participation in the 117th Assembly, Parliament’s attendance is not just from an International participatory level, it is an essential part of the Institution’s preparation for the forthcoming 118th Assembly to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 13 -18 April 2008. As part of the preparation, parliament will mounting an exhibition in Geneva to showcase South Africa’s political development, the route the country has followed to be where it is now as a democracy as well as the country’s main attractions.


The IPU is an Assembly of more than hundred and forty national parliaments with an important status in the United Nations. It is against this backdrop the South African Parliament is delighted to be one of the first countries in the SADC region.



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