The PABSEC Participation in the European Conference of Presidents of Parliament of Council of Europe member states, Athens, 21-22 October 2021

The Presidents and Speakers of Parliament of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, as well as of states with observer and partner for democracy status and of the International Parliamentary Organisations, met on 21-22 October 2021 in Athens, in the framework of the Conference organised jointly by the Hellenic Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The PABSEC International Secretariat was represented by the PABSEC Secretary General Mr. Asaf Hajiyev and the Deputy Secretary General Mr. Miltiadis Makrygiannis.

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Visit of Ambassador Faruk Kaymakci, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, to the PABSEC International Secretariat, Istanbul, 8 October 2021.

On 8 October 2021, Ambassador Faruk Kaymakci, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, visited the PABSEC International Secretariat and met with Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General. The Deputy Minister was accompanied by Ambassador Esen Altug the Director General for Multilateral Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.

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The PABSEC Participation in the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries, Turkistan (Kazakhstan), 27-28 September 2021

Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the Tenth Jubilee Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-Speaking Countries (TURKPA), which was organized in the spiritual capital of the Turkic world, Turkistan (Kazakhstan) on 27-28 September 2021. The Assembly was attended by the parliamentarians from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey, as well as the representatives of the legislative bodies of Uzbekistan and Hungary, and international organizations.

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Participation of the PABSEC delegation in the observation mission for the elections of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the Eighth Convocation, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 17-19 September 2021

The PABSEC Delegation, composed of Mr. Petar Kanev, Head of the PABSEC Bulgarian Delegation and Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, was on an observation mission for the elections of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the capital of Kamchatka Region, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on 17-19 September 2021.

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PABSEC Participation in the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, Vienna, 6-9 September 2021

Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, participated in the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, which took place in Vienna on 6-8 September 2021. The Conference was attended by 100 speakers of parliaments and leaders of many international and regional parliamentary assemblies. The event is organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in cooperation with the United Nations (UN) and the Austrian Parliament. At the opening ceremony, the participants were addressed by Mr. Duarte Pacheco, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the National Council of the Republic of Austria, and Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. At the two-day Conference, which is organised every five years, parliamentarians exchanged views on post-pandemic development, reforming the economy to combat climate change and ensure environmental sustainability. The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments adopted a high-level declaration on parliamentary leadership for a more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and sustainable development to people and the planet. The Declaration underlines the importance of international solidarity and cooperation between parliaments in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Document states that these efforts to uphold the rule of law, democratic principles and universal human rights. It emphasizes that the recovery must be inclusive, sustainable and green, and include innovative solutions to the climate crisis. On the side-lines of the Conference, the PABSEC Secretary General had a short meeting with Ms. Margareta Cederfelt, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Mr. Gennaro Migliore, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, and Mr. Sergio Piazzi, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean. Special concern was expressed about the large number of refugees in the region due to the events in Afghanistan. The expediency of holding a joint event on refugee issue with the participation of representatives of international parliamentary organizations was emphasized. Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, met with the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Ms. Delfina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis. The issues regarding further cooperation between the PABSEC and PACE and the activities of the two assemblies in the post-pandemic period were discussed. During the meeting of the PABSEC Secretary General with Mr. Altynbek Mamayusupov, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Turkic Speaking Countries (TURKPA), information was exchanged on the activities of the two assemblies. The Secretary General of TURKPA invited the PABSEC Secretary General to the TURKPA General Assembly, which will be held in Kazakhstan on 27-28 September 2021. During the meeting of the PABSEC Secretary General with Mr. Dmitry Kobitsky, Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS, Mr. Asaf Hajiyev briefly informed his colleague about the PABSEC activities and the future plans. The Secretary General of the IPA CIS invited the PABSEC Secretary General to the IPA CIS General Assembly, which will be held in St. Petersburg on 25-26 November 2021. Within the framework of the Conference, the PABSEC Secretary General met with Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The PABSEC Secretary General informed about the current and planned activities of the Parliamentary Assembly and noted the special role of the parliamentary organizations in mobilizing political will and resources to solve global problems. The importance of joining efforts of the public at large through the organization of joint parliamentary events was also underlined. The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments was followed on 9 September 2021 by the First Global Parliamentary Summit on Counter-Terrorism, jointly organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the United Nations.

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