A nine-member delegation of Bangladesh Parliament has left Dhaka for Indonesia to attend the 144th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Home Ministry Shamsul Haque Tuku is leading the delegation, said a release of the Parliament Secretariat on Sunday.

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The 144th IPU Assembly is being held in Bali, Indonesia from March 20 to 24.

This year’s theme of the General Debate of the Assembly is “Getting Zero: Mobilising Parliaments to act on climate change.”

Joining the assembly, the Bangladesh Parliamentary delegation is supposed to participate in discussions on different agenda, including climate change, sustainable peace, ICT application in education, and pandemic.

The Bangladesh team will also participate in other meetings of the IPU there.

Eight other members of the parliamentary delegation are Gazi Mohammad Shahnawaz MP (Habiganj-1), Sayed Abu Hossain MP (Dhaka-4), Khan Ahmed Shuvo MP (Tangail-7), Basanti Chakma MP (Women Seat-9), Kaniz Fatema Ahmed MP (Women-8), Secretary of Parliament Secretariat KM Abdus Salam, its additional secretary Goutom Kumar and deputy secretary Chowdhury Md Hamid Al Mahbub.

All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, will convene during this Assembly.

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The General Debate will provide a platform for delegates to deliberate, exchange views and seek to galvanize parliamentary action to address the climate emergency.

The Assembly is expected to conclude with the adoption of an outcome document on the overall theme of the General Debate.

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