BHUTAN AT­TENDS 138TH SES­SION OF THE IPU AS­SEM­BLY IN GENEVA

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Speaker Jigme Zangpo ac­com­pa­nied by Chair­per­son of Na­tional Coun­cil Dr (Phd) Sonam Kinga led a 10-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion to the 138th ses­sion of the IPU As­sem­bly in Geneva from March 24-28, 2018. The IPU As­sem­bly is held twice a year and the next one will also be held in Geneva in Oc­to­ber 2018.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo ad­dressed the As­sem­bly dur­ing the gen­eral de­bate on the theme, “Strength­en­ing the global regime for mi­grants and refugees: the need for ev­i­dence-based pol­icy so­lu­tions.” The Speaker high­lighted the im­por­tance of the on­go­ing in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal ne­go­ti­a­tions to draft the two global com­pacts on refugees and mi­grants and the need for par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to sup­port these ef­forts.

In shar­ing Bhutan’s ex­pe­ri­ence, the Speaker stated that while mi­gra­tion has its ben­e­fits, it also has chal­lenges es­pe­cially for small coun­tries from large-scale and un­reg­u­lated mi­gra­tion.

Speaker Jigme Zangpo also held bi­lat­eral meet­ings with H.E. Mrs. Gabriela Cuevas Bar­ron, Pres­i­dent of IPU, and with H.E. Mr. M. Tham­biDu­rai, Deputy Speaker of In­dia.

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