The 125th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly and related meetings wrapped up in Bern city, Switzerland, on Oct. 19.

A Vietnamese delegation led by Tran Van Hang, Head of the National Assembly’s Committee for External Relations joined almost 1,500 delegates from 135 countries to attend the 188th and 189th session of the 125th IPU Governing Council and related meetings of the assembly.

The assembly agreed with the proposal of the Secretariat on IPU’s basic activities in 2012 focusing on promoting parliamentary democracy, peace, security and sustainable development, coordination in coping with climate change, gender equality and coordination with the UN.

It also adopted the 2012-2017 IPU development strategy with three strategic visions for better parliaments and stronger democracies, enhancing parliaments’ involvement in international activities and raising the IPU’s role as an effective parliamentary cooperation mechanism.

The assembly also debated three subject items for the next IPU assembly, namely promoting and practising good governance as a means of advancing peace and security: drawing lessons from recent events in the Middle East and North Africa, redistribution of power, not just wealth and the role of parliaments in addressing key challenges to securing the health of women and children.

The assembly adopted a resolution on an emergency item proposed by Namibia on coordination among IPU members to help Somalia’s famine-stricken people.

It elected an additional seven positions to the IPU Executive Committee and Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives Abdelwahad Radi as IPU President for the 2011-2014 term.

On the sidelines of the assembly, the Vietnamese delegation met with the IPU President and Secretary General and the delegations of Laos, Cambodia, Cuba, China, Indonesia, Morocco, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other IPU members.

The 126th IPU Assembly is scheduled to be held in Kampala, Uganda./.