UAE highlights key role of parliaments in addressing international challenges at IPU meeting in Indonesia
Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Head of the Emirati Parliamentary Division Delegation at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), stressed the importance of cooperation among the world’s parliaments to create a safe and stable international environment, through innovative solutions to address international challenges.
He highlighted the key role of parliaments in countering hate speech, by adopting legislation and tools for parliamentary monitoring, and supporting the role of parliamentary diplomacy in promoting dialogue and political solutions to international crises.
Addressing the IPU’s 144th General Assembly meeting, Al Nuaimi said the IPU is a platform for gathering the world’s cultures, through the participation of representatives of parliaments. He noted the importance of continuing parliamentary action to find the best ways to promote the values of tolerance, moderation and coexistence.
He thanked the parliament, government and people of Indonesia for hosting the IPU’s 144th General Assembly meeting. “The UAE is keen to draft legislation aimed at addressing extremism, hate speech and terrorism, including by establishing the Hedayah Centre and Sawab Centre to support the national and international efforts to counter terrorism and extremism,” he added.
Highlighting the Human Fraternity Document which was signed in the UAE in 2019, he affirmed the need to strengthen international law and international humanitarian law to protect regional and international peace and security and reinforce the parliamentarians’ related contributions.
Under this framework, Al Nuaimi stressed that the attacks of the Houthi militias against civilians in Saudi Arabia and the UAE are a flagrant violation of international law that threatens regional and international peace and security.
In light of the UAE’s responsibility as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, and as the president of the council in March 2022, the UAE Government, supported by the Federal National Council (FNC), is exerting all possible efforts to reduce tensions related to the situation in Ukraine and encourage the return to negotiations and prioritise the safety of civilians, he added.
“We reiterate our call to Iran to reach a peaceful settlement to the issue of the Emirati islands, through direct negotiations or by referring to the International Court of Justice,” he stated. He also underlined the importance of ending the occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories, and establishing an independent Palestinian state based on its 1967 borders, with its capital in East Jerusalem.
The topic of today’s meeting is a critical one, he said, stressing that climate change must be a global security priority.
“Therefore, the UAE believes in the importance of finding creative solutions to climate change and will host the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2023 to encourage international cooperation in this regard,” Al Nuaimi said in conclusion