7 facts about the ‘Development of Parliamentarism’ International Forum

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Exactly one year ago, young parliamentarians participating in the “New Generation” program came to Moscow to attend the II “Development of Parliamentarism” International Forum. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has been postponed this year, but young leaders will undoubtedly have an opportunity to take part in the forum in the future. What should all prospective delegates of the “New Generation” know about this important event?

1/ The “Development of Parliamentarism” International Forum was established upon the initiative of the Lower House of the Russian parliament (State Duma) and first took place in Moscow in June 2018. It gathered over 500 delegates from 96 countries of the world. Back then, the participants discussed the questions of providing legislative support for the development of the world economy in the 21st century, the role of parliaments in improving international security, as well as the development of national legislation and lawmaking in the interests of sovereign nations. 

2/ Last year, the forum brought together more than 800 representatives of 132 states, including 14 delegations of international parliamentary organizations, 41 speakers representing national parliaments, and 18 delegates of the “New Generation” program from Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Congo, Ecuador, India, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tanzania, Turkey, and Vietnam. The forum discussed urgent issues related to international security and stability, development of digital economy, youth and environmental policy, and prospects of inter-parliamentary institutions. It also featured the “Russia-Africa” parliamentary conference and the “Young Leaders of Russia and Europe: New Challenges” youth roundtable discussion, organized by the Youth Parliament under the State Duma and the Democrat Youth Community of Europe (DEMYC).

3/ Every year, invitations to attend the event are sent to over 200 parliaments and international parliamentary organizations, as well as to leading politicians and experts in the field. In 2019, the forum featured a number of foreign speakers, including the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Maastricht School of Management and former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2005-2008) René van der Linden,  President of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN) Irma Amaya Echeverría, Honorary President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Chairman of the Finnish Parliament's Defense Committee Ilkka Kanerva, and Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Filip Vojtech.

4/ The plenary sessions of the forum are often attended by high-level Russian government officials. For instance, last summer, the participants of the forum were addressed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko, and Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.

5/ The main events of the forum are provided with simultaneous translation to all official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

6/ The III “Development of Parliamentarism” International Forum was going to be held on June 28-July 1 this year, but, due to the pandemic, the State Duma decided to postpone the event.

7/ The “New Generation” delegates attending the forum are offered a rich cultural program. Last summer, the guests from abroad had a walking tour around Moscow’s Victory Park with a visit to the Museum of the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), a tour to the Moscow Kremlin and a gala dinner during the Moskva river cruise.

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