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by AGORA moderator
5 February 2018

During a meeting with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in Hanoi on January 20, Martin Chungong appreciated Vietnam’s effort in hosting the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26).

He affirmed the IPU always works hard to promote cooperation with its member parliaments, and support their relations with the United Nations.

He said the SDGs self-assessment toolkit for parliaments built by the IPU and the United Nations Development...

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by AGORA moderator
2 February 2018

New Zealand and UNDP Strengthen Partnership in support of Pacific Parliaments

Suva, Fiji – Vanuatu has become the fifth country in the Pacific to receive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through a three-year Parliament strengthening project with funding from the New Zealand Government’s Aid Programme.

The UNDP Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) was initially a NZ$3m funded project providing support to the Parliaments of Cook...

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by AGORA moderator
1 February 2018
A steering committee meeting organized by the Pro PALOP-TL SAI project will bring together about 40 senior officials, representatives of Supreme Audit Institutions, parliaments, national delegations and central services of the European Union, UNDP Country Offices, and governments from the PALOP and Timor-Leste. The meeting will take place on 1-2 February in Lisbon at the Court of Auditors of Portugal. 
 
During the meeting, the Court of Auditors will evaluate four...
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by AGORA moderator
1 February 2018

Nigerian women risk being sidelined in elections next year, said female leaders, calling for greater training and support in a country where about only one in 20 lawmakers are female.

Few women are likely to win seats in Nigeria's 2019 general elections due to discrimination, a lack of will from political parties and a shortage of female candidates, politicians and civil society leaders said.

"Every party wants to put its best foot forward, and we are not sure that many are...

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by AGORA moderator
1 February 2018

Nigerian women risk being sidelined in elections next year, said female leaders, calling for greater training and support in a country where about only one in 20 lawmakers are female.

Few women are likely to win seats in Nigeria's 2019 general elections due to discrimination, a lack of will from political parties and a shortage of female candidates, politicians and civil society leaders said.

"Every party wants to put its best foot forward, and we are not sure that many are...

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by AGORA moderator
18 January 2018

The Trade Bill currently passing through parliament could result in Britain doing trade deals which undergo less scrutiny than through the European Union. This is not taking back control, argues SOPHIE HARDEFELDT

The government’s Trade Bill has now passed through its second reading in the House of Commons. Liam Fox said the second reading was “an opportunity for debate, to counter mistruths and answer concerns.” There is a lot riding on this Bill, not least the integrity of the UK’s...

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by AGORA moderator
15 January 2018
If there's one thing Italian politics doesn't need, it's continued instability. But a new electoral law, to be tested for the first time when voters go to the polls in March, adds yet another element of uncertainty to the 2018 election.
 
When the current prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, was appointed in December 2016, he was the fifth new PM in as many years, and the fourth in a row not to be directly elected by Italians.
 
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by AGORA moderator
12 January 2018

Despite the existence of biannual parliamentary sessions where numerous bills are introduced per sitting, so far only 14 private member bills have been passed by the parliament since independence.

With a population as abundant as India’s, the task of voicing out and alleviating the issues faced by all of 1.3 billion people in the parliament is arduous beyond comprehension.
 
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by AGORA moderator
7 February 2018

The FNC-Irena joint forum, held ahead of next week's World Future Energy Summit, focused on the role of global legislators in implementing the SDG - particularly renewable energy deployment and leveraging energy-water-food nexus.

A joint parliamentary forum of the Federal National Council (FNC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) saw legislators from around the world come together in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, to discuss solutions in implementing sustainable development...

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by AGORA moderator
12 January 2018

Judicial committees formed at the local level can greatly help promote gender quality and work for the empowerment of women, said speakers at a workshop held here today.

Speaking at the workshop ‘Gender’s Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Building Accountability of Elected Local Representative’, speakers said they were hopeful that the new system would address issues of women as 92 per cent of posts of deputy chief in 753 local levels were held by...
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