Bhutan at IPU assem­bly in Geneva

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Aten-mem­ber par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion led by Na­tional Assem­bly speaker Jigme Zangpo par­tic­i­pated in the 135th ses­sion of the In­ter – Par­lia­men­tary Union (IPU) Assem­bly in Geneva from 24-27 Oc­to­ber 2016. The IPU Assem­bly is held two times a year.

The 135th Assem­bly’s Gen­eral de­bate is on the theme ‘Hu­man rights abuses as pre­cur­sors of con­flict: Par­lia­ments as early re­spon­ders’. The speaker ad­dressed the Assem­bly on the af­ter­noon of 24TH Oc­to­ber 2016. He con­veyed the warm greet­ings and best wishes of His Majesty The King and the peo­ple of Bhutan and un­der­scored the im­por­tance of hu­man rights for peace and de­vel­op­ment. He said that the Royal Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy is built on the prin­ci­pal of sus­tain­able peace and hap­pi­ness to en­sure in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment both through gov­er­nance and leg­is­la­tion and that this en­deav­our of the gov­ern­ment is clearly re­flected in our unique but pro­found de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness.

The speaker also hold bi­lat­eral meet­ings with his coun­ter­parts in­clud­ing with Tony Smith MP, the Speaker of the Aus­tralian Par­lia­ment and Mrs. Bi­laib­han Sam­patisiri, Chair­per­son of the Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs of the Par­lia­ment of Thai­land.

The mem­bers from the Na­tional Assem­bly and the Na­tional Coun­cil and Sec­re­taries-Gen­eral of the two bod­ies are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the var­i­ous com­mit­tees and other meet­ings dur­ing the course of the Assem­bly.

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