New Delhi, Sep 24 (UNI) President Pratibha Patil will tomorrow inaugurate tomorrow the 53rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference here, which has its theme 'Delivering democracy and sustainable development.' As many as 350 delegates from 45 Commonwealth countries have already arrived in the Capital to participate in the event and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Cahatterjee said the number is expected to go up to 800.
This is for the fourth time India is hosting the Conference organised annually by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Earlier the CPA conferences were held in New Delhi in 1957, 1975 and in 1991.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr Chatterjee said the event will provide a unique opportunity to Parliamentarians from the Commonwealth community to discuss subjects of parliamentary interest.
The Press Conference was also addressed by Chairman of CPA's Executive Committee and West Bengal Speaker Hashid Abdul Halim.
Mr Chaterjee said there would be six Workshops as part of the main event spread over two days on various topics. On September 26 the workshops will relate to (i) 'Climate Change and Global Warming' ; (ii) 'Global Water and Energy Use' ; and (iii) 'Balancing Economic Development and Environmental Protection'.
On September 27 the workshops will take up the following subjects : (1) 'Parliamentary Practice and Procedure' ;(11) 'Role, Rights and Responsibilities of Opposition'; and (111) 'Strengthening Financial Scrutiny Mr Halim said apart from knowing each better and using the knowledge acquired for improving the performance of the Commonwealth countries, the Reports of the CPA conference are sent to the United Nations, which comes to know the views of the Commonwealth parliamentarians on various subjects. Mr Chatterjee said on the occasion an Exhibition has been organsied on the theme 'Democracy and Sustainable Development.' He said Active CPA Branches now exist in 169 national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments, with a total membership of nearly 16,000 Parliamentarians.
The CPA's mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding democratic governance.
Besides seven Regional Group meetings, Secretary-General, Commonwealth and Secretary-General, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will also address the delegates.
Mr Chatterjee said a Plenary will be held on the gender related theme, ''The Role of parliamentarians in raising awareness of and curbing Human Trafficking and Host Branch Plenary on 'Right to Recall as a Strategy for Enforcing Greater Accountability of Parliaments of the People.'' He said the final Plenary on 'Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures' will be held on September 28, 2007. The closing ceremony is slated for the same day.