Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) - House of Representatives' (DPR RI's) Speaker Puan Maharani pushed members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to realise the US$100 million annual climate change fund.

The climate change fund is necessary to fund programs and policies implemented to address the effects of climate change and global warming in the respective countries, according to Maharani.

"Climate change is an existential crisis of our Earth. The Earth has warmed at an unprecedented pace, as the Earth's temperature has increased by 1.1 degrees Celsius from the last century," she stated during the first session of the 144th IPU Assembly at the Bali International Conference Centre in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday.

The global parliamentary forum must promptly act in realising the climate change fund, the speaker remarked while warning that if global emissions were not cut by 7.6 percent every year, from 2020 until 2030, then the world would not be able to hold the increase in global average temperature to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius.

Moreover, Maharani urged the forum to mobilize action to address and adapt to the effects of climate change.

"We must also support the transition to clean energy through the transfer of technology and investment," she noted.

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To achieve the goal, Maharani, who serves as the 144th IPU Assembly President, encouraged national parliaments to bolster global partnership and multilateral cooperation, realise commitments made in international partnership to real actions in respective countries, and develop a culture of peace that prioritizes dialogue, tolerance, and non-violence.

"We must also ensure the active role of national parliaments to bridge differences between nations and exert effort to build trust," she remarked.

The 144th IPU Assembly will take place on March 20-24, 2022, and parliamentary delegates from 132 countries, including 33 parliamentary speakers and 35 deputy speakers, are expected to attend the meeting.

Apart from the climate change issue, gender equality issues and major conflicts, particularly the conflict in Palestine and Ukraine, will be deliberated during the 144th IPU Assembly.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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