IGAD Members Urged To Tackle Climate Change, Terrorism

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While the Speakers meeting was unanimous with most of its resolutions, it could not take a common stand with regard to the International Criminal Court ICC indictment of individuals, including sitting African Heads of State.

The Conference of Speakers of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of IGAD member states (IPU-IGAD) has resolved that member states should tackle climate change, desertification and terrorism.
 
The resolution was made as the Speakers from parliaments of Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti ended their two-day meeting on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
 
"Terrorism is the crime of crimes against humanity, and the sin of sins," read the text of the Resolution of the 7th Conference of Speakers Meeting.
 
Governments of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries, which include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Sudan were urged to tackle all forms of terrorism, including state terrorism, so as to ensure peace and security in the region.
 
The meeting also recognized the need for youth and women to receive special focus and consideration in all national programmes of IGAD member states especially in stamping out harmful cultural practices that affect women.
 
While the Speaker's meeting was unanimous with most of its resolutions, it could not take a common stand with regard to the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment of individuals, including sitting African Heads of State.
 
With Sudan urging the meeting to take issue with the ICC, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, implored members to instead support the position that the African Union Heads of State would take.
 
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On member states contribution to support activities and programmes of IPU-IGAD, only Ethiopia had fully paid up its membership with the other six countries, including Uganda, yet to make its contribution for 2016.
 
"I want to propose that we identify an activity that will market IGAD not just for the governments' budget but also to attract donors. There are many problems on this continent. I propose that we start with the campaign against Female Genital Mutilation, which is going on in all our member countries," Kadaga said.
 
Kadaga informed the meeting that Uganda was in the process of honoring its contribution to the Union.
 
Speakers from Parliaments of Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti attended the Conference. The next meeting of the 8th Conference of Speakers, will be held in Uganda.
 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.