The 132nd Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU-132) is scheduled to take place in Hanoi from March 28-April 1, focusing on sustainable development goals and a number of global issues.

More than 160 international delegations, including those from IPU member parliaments, associate members, and foreign organisations, will focus their discussions on the theme “Sustainable Development Goals: Turning Words into Actions” by reviewing the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2000 and establishing a framework for development post-2015.

They are set to ratify draft resolutions at the Standing Committees on Peace and International Security; Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade; Democracy and Human Rights; and United Nations Affairs.

Meanwhile, the Association of Secretary Generals of Parliaments is scheduled to convene meetings to debate various themes, including “Finding the structure of a parliamentary secretariat with maximum efficiency” as proposed by the Vietnamese National Assembly and “Lobbyists and interest groups: the other aspect of the legislative process” proposed by the Philippines.

A meeting will be held by the Forum of Young Parliamentarians to express their views on a draft resolution on cyber war and another on shaping a new water governance system.

As part of the IPU-132, more than 200 female delegates will attend the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians to mark its 30 th founding anniversary.

The IPU-132, set to include 67 sessions and 66 bilateral meetings, is a chance for the National Assembly to demonstrate its active international integration and the country’s growing position in the global arena. It is the biggest multilateral diplomatic event held in Vietnam.-VNA