12.01.2017 - UNESCO Office in Doha

UNESCO Doha participates in Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament in Abu Dhabi

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, President of Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament and the Speaker of Federal National Council

The Director of UNESCO Doha Office participated in the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 12 Dec 2016. The Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament is an international summit which brought together more than 50 female parliament leaders. Discussions focused on a variety of themes including peace, security, counter-terrorism, the environment and changes in political communication.

The two-day summit, which was organized by the Federal National Council and Inter-Parliamentary Union, addressed strengthening the relationship between parliaments, governments and communities, and the implications of technological advances on existing laws.

Hundreds of officials from governments and parliaments gathered in Abu Dhabi for the two-day global summit. Speakers included Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General through a video message; Federica Mogherini, Vice President of the European Commission; and Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar.

Others taking part in panel discussions included the Speaker of Federal National Council, Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, American bestselling author and physicist Dr Michio Kaku, and the chairwoman of the Russian parliament, Valentina Matviyenko.

Dr. Al Qubaisi said the UAE hoped to create more political alliances and to solve issues with other countries through the summit. "And the most important political alliance we can come up with is for people to know us face to face. Today the UAE is the friend of many countries and so will the FNC be a friend to many other parliaments," she added.

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