On 27th may the Senate plenary session looked at some reports presented by delegations from the Upper Chamber on work carried out by official missions abroad. Among these was the report on the 140th Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union, UIP, celebrated in Doha, in Qatar.
Among the reports presented before the plenary session, overseen by Teresa Efua Asangono, accompanied by her First and Second Vice-Presidents, A�ngel Serafin Seriche Dougan and Agustin Nse Nfumu, the first was that from the UIP Assembly, from 6th to 10th April this year, which was read by Senator Silvia Paloma Obono Edjang.
The main topic at the forum was the strengthening of education for peace, security and the Rule of Law, and the role of parliaments as vectors to assist with meeting this commitment was discussed. At that summit they also covered questions such as poverty, extremism and cyber-security, considered as work in common for which they promised to strengthen alliances through the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
In relation to these questions, the leader of the parliamentary delegation, Gaudencio Mohaba Messu, who attended the huge event, pointed out the importance of education and respect for human rights, when he stressed that all Equatoguineans had the duty to defend sovereignty, integrity and national unity, and preserve the peace, security and essential values of our tradition, and protect national interests, which defending universal, obligatory, free, guaranteed education.
During the event, the participating delegation attended various commissions in order to draw up and present measures on various matters covered at the forum, including the Peace and International Security Commission, which held meetings over two days, overseen by the Spanish deputy, Jose Ignacio Echaniz, in which they spoke about the recruitment of children and young people by terrorist groups, with the aim of undermining peace, international security and the territorial integrity of States, and the violation of human rights, as an unacceptable use, as this disrupts the aims and principles set out in the United Nations Charter, in which States commit to increasing the fight against this recruitment and the sophisticated methods used by terrorist and mercenary organisations, at both a national and international level.
The Permanent Commission for Democracy and Human Rights spoke about universal health coverage that the UIP hopes to introduce by 2030, taking into account that over half the world’s population lacks essential health care, which in other permanent commissions such as Sustainable Development, Finance and Development and United Nations Affairs, they debated the role of free trade, in addition to Governance and Inequality.
The Forum of Women Parliamentarians and that of Young People also met, in defence of gender equality, underlining education and employment for young people as a means of protection from marginalisation and the danger of being recruited by terrorist organisations.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office