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Commonwealth parliamentarians to meet in September in Nigeria

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Shimla, June 7 (UNI) More than 300 Commonwealth Parliamentarians will seek ways to enhance standards of governance and the public's view of Parliament when they meet in September at the 52nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Nigeria.

The executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) decided at its meeting last month that Commonwealth MPs should pool their experiences to identify effective policies in key areas of governance as well as examining ways to improve their democratic systems, a press release here said.

The Commonwealth Parliamentarians can play an important role in formulating world opinion on eliminating nuclear weapons, eradicating poverty, controlling HIV/AIDS and furthering democracy and world economic development, Hashim Abdul Halim, West Bengal Assembly Speaker and chairman of the 35-member committee of Parliamentarians, said.

He said effective parliamentary government was the best way for the Commonwealth to lead the world in eradicating hunger and poverty, besides offering better health services to the poor, while contributing to world peace.

The conference would discuss issues and strategies to deal with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, policies on climate change and measures to curb violence and threats to security both at domestic and international levels.

More than 60 Parliamentarians from 40 nations, states, provinces and territories with population of under four lakh would discuss threats to their borders posed by unregulated migration and other international security issues, besides domestic crime prevention strategies.

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