AS the East African Community (EAC) member states back Dr Tulia Ackson in her Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) presidential bid, the ‘Daily News’ brings you 12 issues she plans to do if she wins the top post.
In her to-do list made available to this newspaper, the Speaker of the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania plans to deal with multiple challenges facing the world today, ranging from climate change, food security, peace and youth employment.
The politician, an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania who holds a PhD in Law, states in her plan that if elected for the post, she will work tirelessly to drive forward empowerment of women in decision making within IPU, spearhead reforms in the IPU, for peaceful coexistence and global prosperity.
The Mbeya Urban MP is also determined to ensure effective participation and representation of geopolitical groups in the IPU Organs, advocate for increased women representation in National Parliaments as well as ensuring the implementation of IPU’s resolutions and decisions.
“If elected, my leadership will work to strengthen IPU cooperation with United Nations, Regional Inter- parliamentary organisations and other stakeholders; and ensure regular consultations within and between the geopolitical groups of IPU,” she states.
Dr Tulia, who doubles as the President of the Africa Geopolitical Group within the IPU, says if she is elected, she will improve the body’s effectiveness, transparency and accountability.
Elections for the new President of IPU will take place in Angola in October, this year.
On Friday, speakers from seven EAC member states met in Arusha and affirmed their support for Dr Tulia’s decision to contest for the post.
The current President of IPU is Mr Duarte Pacheco whose tenure at the office expires this year, and Dr Tulia seeks to succeed him during the 147th assembly to be held from October 23rd to 27th this year in Luanda, Angola.
The IPU is the global organisation of national parliaments whose mission is to empower parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development.
Currently, the IPU is implementing its five-year IPU Strategy for 2022-2026. Through its five objectives, the Strategy has given the IPU a renewed mandate to continue strengthening and connecting parliaments for peace, democracy and sustainable development.
Heralded by the slogan ‘For Democracy, For everyone’, IPU was established in 1889 as a small group of parliamentarians, dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue.
According to the IPU website, the organisation grew into a truly global organisation with 179 members and 14 associate members.
“The IPU facilitates parliamentary diplomacy and empowers parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world,’ the organisation states in its website.
It works for peace, democracy, human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment, climate action and sustainable development through political dialogue, cooperation and parliamentary action.