Republican Vice-President Dr Guy Scott, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 launched the Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus at the Government Complex in Lusaka. In his speech, Dr Scott said, conservation was a fundamental component to sustainable development, poverty alleviation, conflict avoidance, good governance and national security.
IPU Bulletin N°24, 15 May 2013: Results from a survey carried out during the 128th IPU Assembly in Quito have revealed that 80 per cent of MPs back democratic governance as a stand-alone objective for the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nearly all (96 per cent) of the 240 MPs surveyed from 619 MPs present in Quito, believed that the key elements of democratic governance – participation, transparency and accountability – should be embedded into the other SDGs to ensure their success.
At its 194th session in Baku, Azerbaijan, in April 2014, the IPU Governing Council will be called upon to appoint a new Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to succeed Mr. Anders B. Johnsson, whose final term of office will end on 30 June 2014. Read more.
Lusaka, Sunday 5th May, 2013: In exercise of the powers contained in section fifty-seven of the Bank of Zambia Act [Laws, Volume 20, Cap. 360], the Minister of Finance Mr. Alexander Bwalya Chikwanda, MP, has signed a Statutory Instrument which will bring into force the Bank of Zambia (Monitoring of Balance of Payments) Regulations, 2013, with effect from 16th May, 2013. The main objective of the Statutory Instrument is to monitor Balance of Payments in a transparent and accountable manner. Read more.
Canadian Parliament Puts Spotlight on Violence Against Indigenous and Other Women – The Canadian parliament is taking a series of measures to tackle worrying levels of violence against women. A special committee established by the House of Commons focusing on violence against indigenous women heard its first testimonies from witnesses on 25th April. The committee, holding the same powers as a Standing Committee, has the mandate to carry out hearings on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada and propose solutions to address root causes of such violence. For full document click here .