A delegation from the National Assembly of the Republic of Senegal visited to the UK Parliament from 22-26 April 2013. At a time when international attention has been sharply focused on security challenges in West Africa, particularly Mali, Senegal’s positive example of stable parliamentary governance in the region was a key focus of discussions. In wide-ranging exchanges with UK counterparts, the delegation urged the UK to enhance its bilateral relations with Senegal and expand its engagement, more broadly, in West Africa.
The 128th IPU Assembly in Quito, Ecuador from 22 to 27 March 2013 was attended by more than 1350 participants from over 118 parliaments. The UK delegation was prominent and active throughout the Assembly, including as a member of the Emergency Item Drafting Committee, as moderators of panel discussions, in detailed Committee work and in a range of targeted bilateral exchanges.
The BGIPU was represented at CSW 57 in this year at the United Nations HQs by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP (chair of the 2012 International Parliamentary Conference on Gender & Politics) and Mary Macleod MP (UK Minister for Women and Equalities), to enable them to engage with counterpart parliamentarians on key gender equality issues, particularly the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.