Jakarta (ANTARA) - Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) Puan Maharani will discuss the issue of world peace at the 148th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, scheduled for March 23-27, 2024.

Maharani, who arrived in Geneva to attend the meeting on Thursday, stated that parliaments of countries in the world need to play a role collectively to build world peace.

“Parliaments must bolster collective efforts to ensure that every individual, despite their backgrounds, lives peacefully,” she noted in an official statement from the DPR received here on Thursday.

The assembly will raise the theme of "Parliamentary Diplomacy: Building Bridges for Peace and Understanding."

According to the DPR speaker, the peace theme will be discussed considering that there are 56 countries that are in armed conflict in 2023, including Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Palestine.

Maharani noted that the IPU Assembly will provide a much-needed space for parliamentary dialogue and diplomacy at global, regional, and bilateral levels as a complement to the United Nations (UN) and other multilateral forums.

“In these challenging times, parliamentarians must play a role in creating peace,” she remarked.

The house speaker is also scheduled to attend the IPU Forum of Women Parliamentarians. She stated that during the forum, parliamentarians will discuss the issue of peace for women.

She underscored that women parliamentarians must cooperate to push women's leadership to achieve lasting peace.

“As parliaments, it is our task to ensure that women participate in peace talks,” she stated.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Maharani is also scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with IPU President, Tulia Ackson.

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