The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has been elected President of the African Geopolitical Group at the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The IPU, comprising representatives of parliaments from all United Nations Member States is meeting 23rd – 27th, October 2016 in Geneva under the theme, “Human Rights Abuses as Precursors of Conflict: Parliaments as Early Responders.”

Kadaga’s was elected on Sunday,23rd October 2016 during the meeting of the African Geopolitical Group at the ongoing 135th IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

In her acceptance speech, Speaker urged world leaders to address issues that force Africans to migrate to Europe.

“We have to mitigate the effects of migration. The African people continue to be trafficked, they continue to be killed, they continue to be drowned by the traffickers,” she said adding,  “the Mediterranean Sea is now the grave yard of the African people.  We should put more effort to establish what is really happening to the African people.”  she said.

Among the topics to be considered by the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union is a Resolution by the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights, on “The freedom of women to participate in political processes fully, safely and without interference: Building partnerships between men and women.”
The Standing Committees on Peace and International Security will hold a hearing on “The role of Parliament in preventing outside interference in the internal affairs of sovereign States” and panel discussions on “Promoting democratic accountability of the private security sector” and “Comprehensive Disarmament”.
The Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade is faced with a debate on “Promoting enhanced international cooperation on the SDGs, in particular on the financial inclusion of women as a driver of development”.