A six-member Indian Parliamentary Delegation (IPD) will attend the 143rd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be held in Madrid, Spain from Friday. The delegation will be led by Lok Sabha MP Bhartruhari Mahtab.
The delegation comprises Lok Sabha MPs Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, Poonamben Maadam, Vishnu Dayal Ram, Diya Kumari, and Rajya Sabha MP Sasmit Patra.
Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, Lok Sabha Secretariat is the Secretary to the delegation that will attend the Assembly from November 26-30.
During the Assembly, a General Debate will be held on the theme "Contemporary challenges to democracy: overcoming division and building community", said a Lok Sabha Secretariat statement.
The four IPU Standing Committees with separate agendas will be meeting concurrently.
The Forum of Women Parliamentarians, Forum of Young Parliamentarians, Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law along with Advisory Group on Health will also hold their sittings.
The members of IPD will participate in the meetings of these IPU bodies.
India is the present Chair of BRICS and the Parliament of India will host the Seventh BRICS Parliamentary Forum on the sidelines of the Assembly.
The theme "Role of BRICS Parliaments in ensuring equitable and inclusive post-pandemic economic recovery" will be discussed by the delegates from BRICS Parliaments.
The Indian delegation will also attend the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Coordinating Meeting and Inaugural Meeting of the Parliamentary Network of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).