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Parliamentarians adopt Urgent Resolutions on Climate Change

The 38th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA), which was held from 14th to 21st November, 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda has adopted urgent resolutions on “challenges addressed at the Nations Climate Change Conference COP25” and on the “threat of climate change to fisheries and aquaculture.” This is in the wake of the up-coming COP25 to be held in December, 2019, in Madrid, Spain, during which outstanding issues in the Katowice Climate Package, including provisions under Article 6 of

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Abuse can have severe and long-lasting consequences says Namugala

First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Honourable Catherine Namugala says, any form of abuse can have severe and long-lasting consequences on a person’s physical, mental and emotional health, and thereby impede a person’s contribution to the development process. She said this on Tuesday 5th November, 2019 at the Media and Visitors’ centre, at parliament Buildings during official opening of the safeguarding awareness training for Members of Parliament organised by Oxfam-Zambia.

PARLIAMENTARIANS SENSITISED BY BANK OF ZAMBIA ON RECENT GLOBAL AND NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

The Bank of Zambia Governor, Dr Denny Kalyalya, updated Members of Parliament on key macro-economic and financial sector developments, and also provided general information on the operations of the Bank of Zambia.  This was when he officially opened a Seminar for selected Members of Parliament, which took place from 1st to 4th November, 2019 at AVANI Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone, Zambia.

NAZ EMBARKS ON REVISION OF STANDING ORDERS

Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, the Rt Hon. Mr Justice Dr Patrick Matibini, SC, BA, FCIArb, MP, has called upon all Honourable Members of Parliament, to actively participate in the process of reviewing the Standing Orders in order to make them simplified, comprehensive and coherent for the smooth transaction of business in the House.

AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARIANS UNANIMOUSLY ADOPT MODEL LAWS ON DISABILITY AND POLICING

African Parliamentarians adopted the Draft Model Law on Disability and Draft Model Policing Law during the Pan African Parliament (PAP) Third Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament that took place from 2nd to 18th October, 2019 in Midrand South Africa.
The Model Law on Disability aims at providing a legal and institutional framework for the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities, in line with the existing international and regional legal and policy instruments.

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KATUTA TO HEAD THE IPU HEALTH ADVISORY GROUP

Chiengi Member of Parliament Ms Given Katuta was on Tuesday, 15th October 2019 elected to head the Inter Parliamentary Union IPU Advisory Group on Health at the ongoing 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade, Serbia.
Ms Katuta, MP, who is Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) was elected from amongst other Group members after beating her opponent Honourable Bayr from the Austrian Parliament.  She takes over from Honourable Millet from the National Assembly of Bangladesh to serve a four-year term as President of the Advisory Group until June 2023.

PARLIAMENTS ARE STRATEGIC AND KEY TO GLOBAL AND REGIONAL COMMITMENTS – SPEAKER MATIBINI

Speaker of the National Assembly, The Right Honourable Dr Patrick Matibini, SC, BA, FCIArb, MP has called on world Parliaments at all levels to play a strategic role in order to enhance accountability systems that are key to the implementation of global and regional commitments.

NAZ steps up its interaction with learners

The National Assembly of Zambia has launched its Educational Programme for Zambian Learners with a vision of taking the spirit of Democracy to all Zambian learners in order to make them better informed and active citizens of the future.

President Museveni urges Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold parliamentary democracy at the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The President of the Republic of Uganda and Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), His Excellency Yoweri K. Museveni has urged Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold democratic principles and the values of the Commonwealth as he opened the 64 th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (64th CPC) for over 500 delegates in Kampala, Uganda. The President of Uganda spoke of the Commonwealth having great potential through its common language and opportunities for cooperation on trade, culture and governance.

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