The members of the National Assembly standing delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Snezana Paunovic and MPs Lav-Grigorije Pajkic, Sanda Raskovic Ivic and Nikola Dragicevic took part in the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, on 11-15 October 2022.
In the course of the session the members of the delegation participated in the meetings of the Governing Council, Forum of Women Parliamentarians, Forum of Young Parliamentarians, IPU standing committees, as well as the 12+ Geopolitical Group, while National Assembly Secretary-General Srdjan Smiljanic participated in the meeting of the Association of IPU Secretaries General.
In the course of the General Debate, the parliamentarians discussed the topics of gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world. They also discussed, the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights Draft Resolution - Parliamentary impetus to local and regional development of countries with high levels of international migration
and to stopping all forms, including state-sponsored, of human-trafficking and human rights abuses.
The parliamentarians also adopted emergency item entitled: Condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and of the subsequent annexation of territories in defence of the territorial integrity of all States, proposed by the Chilean delegation.
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Snezana Paunovic had a meeting with representatives of the Global Green Growth Institute, headed by Ban Ki-moon, and on the occasion she emphasised the importance briefed on the work and activities of the Global Institute in Rwanda and other countries where the Institute, together with national and local governments, works on the implementation of projects that contribute to the "green growth of countries".
Delegation member Lav-Grigorije Pajkic presented the experiences and results of the work of the National Assembly in the special segment of the General Debate, indicating that in Serbia there is a high awareness of the importance of gender equality, as well as appropriate institutions and laws that regulate this area in accordance with the highest standards, as assessed in the IPU Report after a voluntary self-assessment of the National Assembly’s gender sensitivity.
Delegation member Sanda Raskovic Ivic spoke at the Forum of Women Parliamentarians, stressing that women make up 40% of the National Assembly and the practice of gender budgeting was introduced. She went on to saying that Serbia supports special treatment of women refugees, but notes that the attitude towards Ukrainian refugees is significantly different and more benevolent than towards refugees from Africa or Asia, which can be seen as racism against which we have to fight through our parliaments and their working bodies.
In addition, during the meeting of the 12+ Geopolitical Group, delegation member Nikola Dragicevic participated in explaining the positions taken by the National Assembly delegation regarding respect for international law, that is, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states.
The Association of IPU Secretaries General discussed the possibilities of strengthening the resilience of parliaments in the context of crises, including humanitarian, health and climate change crises. The Association also discussed the possibilities for the digital transformation of IPU member parliaments.
The members of the National Assembly standing delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union held a series of bilateral meetings with members of other delegations on the sidelines of the 145th IPU Assembly.