IPU and UN Focus on Peace and Security in Annual Hearing

Putting an end to conflicts: Prescriptions for a peaceful future was the theme of the 2024 Annual Parliamentary Hearing, a joint initiative between the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

IPU President Tulia Ackson and UNGA President Denis Francis hosted some 300 participants, including parliamentarians, Speakers, advisers and experts from more than 70 countries at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, on 8 and 9 February.

Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, was joined by Costa Rica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations H.E. Ambassador Maritza Chan Valverde and UN Special Coordinator for Development Abdoulaye Mar Dieye. 

The theme of this joint IPU-UN hearing aligns with the IPU’s primary focus in 2024 on international peace and security as well as one of the priorities of the current Presidency of the UN General Assembly. It also provided a parliamentary perspective to one of the key components of the Pact for the Future, the expected outcome document of the September 2024 UN Summit of the Future. 

Ambassador Maritza Chan Valverde of Costa Rica on Human Security

The hearing is further inspired by the IPU resolution Rethinking and reframing the approach to peace processes with a view to fostering lasting peace, adopted by the IPU 144th Assembly in March 2022 as well as the follow up to the United Nations’ “Our Common Agenda” report, including one of the UN Secretary General’s policy briefs on the proposal for New Agenda for Peace.

Watch the entire session below:

With more than 50 conflicts raging around the world, and the risks of conflict growing further, the New Agenda for Peace places itself within a shifting geopolitical landscape in which long- standing grievances are being compounded by new sources of tensions and new tools of warfare. 

Founded in 1889 as part of the peace movement, the IPU today counts 180 member parliaments and 15 associate members around the world. It promotes peace, democracy and sustainable development and  provides a space for parliamentary dialogue, as a complement to efforts by the UN and other multilateral fora.

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