The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Maja Gojkovic spoke at the closing of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrade, attended by 150 parliamentary delegations from around the world, among them 77 parliament speakers and 60 deputy speakers.
Gojkovic thanked all the delegations for their participation and active contribution to the results of the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrade, stressing that Serbia was honoured to host the big gathering – one of the biggest in IPU’s history so far, as evidenced by over 2000 delegates in attendance and three hundred official bilateral meetings.
“That is the best sign that, despite all the modern challenges, it is still possible to build a world of dialogue and compromise”, said Gojkovic adding that the intention behind this gathering, crowned by the adoption of the Belgrade Declaration, dedicated to the preservation and strengthening of international law and regional cooperation, was to bring the IPU back to its roots, when it was born from the wish to see dialogue triumph over misunderstanding and conflict.
“We managed to strengthen the faith in cooperation and mutual trust in order to preserve the global peace and stability we all need”, stressed Gojkovic.
Gojkovic thanked all who accepted and supported the idea to have the 141st IPU Assembly in Belgrade and those who helped it be a success, adding that she was especially pleased to note the satisfaction with the quality of the organization of the gathering in all the delegation whom she had the pleasure to talk to.
“I am also pleased that in the last few days the people of Serbia were able to learn more about the Inter-Parliamentary Union and its global importance and that the delegates could learn more about the spirit and hospitality of our people”, said Gojkovic.
Gojkovic stressed that the Belgrade Declaration, as the crowning document of the session, is the result of the general debate between more than 150 parliament speakers and deputy speakers, as well as heads of delegations, MPs and representatives of international organizations.
“I am sure that the Declaration will be a keystone of strengthening and consistent implementation of international law and regional cooperation”, said the Serbian Assembly Speaker.
Gojkovic said that the parliamentarians also adopted the resolution on the emergency item – climate change, showing that it is important to act now in the interest of the planet and future generations. She also noted the adoption of the Resolution of the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights with the theme Achieving universal health coverage by 2030: The role of parliaments in ensuring the right to health.
Speaking of the results of the IPU Assembly in Belgrade, Gojkovic recalled that in addition to marking the 130th anniversary of the Organization, the parliamentarians also marked the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, when the celebrated regional and world musician Goran Bregovic was named new UNICEF regional ambassador.
“We must not forget that any adopted conclusion is just the beginning of new efforts to face modern challenges”, stressed Gojkovic adding that Serbia will remain committed to the cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and its member states on the achievement of common values.
Gojkovic told the participants that they are always welcome in Belgrade and Serbia.
The next assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, besides Geneva, will be held in Rwanda, so the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Rwanda Donatille Mukabalisa presented her country.