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Shura Council Participates in Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Meeting, International Symposium on Corona Pandemic

28 April 2020

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The Shura Council has participated in a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and in an international symposium that brought together the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations, where the two events were held via video conferencing.

The Shura Council was represented at the Parliamentary Meeting organized on the occasion of the International Day for Pluralism and Diplomacy for Peace by HE. Khalid bin Abdullah Al Buainain, Member of the Council.

The meeting, chaired by HE President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Gabriela Cuevas Barron and the participation of parliamentarians from various countries of the world as well as the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, discussed many issues and topics of international concern, the most important of which are efforts to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19) globally, along with review of the efforts made by international organizations and governments and the cooperation shown by the citizens of countries amid this pandemic.

On the other hand, the Shura Council was represented at the international symposium by HE Mohammed bin Mahdi Al-Ahbabi, member of the Shura Council, and HE Reem bint Mohammed Al-Mansoori, member of the Council who is also a member of the Parliamentary Womens Office at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The symposium, attended by more than 460 parliamentarians from all over the world, focused on lessons learned from the pandemic (Covid-19) and presented parliamentary measures to reduce risks, enhance emergency preparedness and manage emergency situation flexibly.

The event was attended by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and the Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).Martin Chungong who briefed parliamentarians on the current status of the (Covid-19) pandemic and the risks and impact of the virus on countries outside the health system, besides issues related to preparedness for an effective response to future biological hazards.