Activities: IPU Conferences & Meetings

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IPU Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO

The Steering Comittee for the IPU Parliamentary Conference was held in Geneva on 25 September 2012. The meeting threw up some very interesting issues throughout the day including; Should the WTO continue? Should we continue to support Multilateralism? Was the proliferation of Institutions holding up trade liberalisation? Were the voices of the Business community too absent from the WTO? The ever changing nature of Trade. The Importance of Domestic Competition Laws. Has Global Co-operation Failed?

Michael McCann MP in Busan, ROK

Parliamentary Meeting on 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan, ROK

The most important words uttered at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness came from Lee Myung-bak, the President of the Republic of Korea. Fifty years ago when he was a child and Korea was a war ravaged country, it needed aid. Today it’s the 13th largest economy in the world, the second fastest growing economy in the OECD and an aid donor. That single statement confirms that despite the complexity of aid, despite the myriad cultures, despite the challenges that are presented from clean water to conflict to corruption, aid works.

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Towards Economic Recovery: Rethinking Development, Retooling Global Governance

In cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the UN convened a Parliamentary Hearing on Towards Economic Recovery: Rethinking Development, Retooling Global Governance at UN Headquarers in New York from 3 to 4 December 2010.  Parliamentarians from around 70 countries were able to discuss key opportunities and challenges for ensuring sustainable economic development with a particular focus on current institutions of global governance and how they might need to be adapted to better respond to current global economic conditions.