Nigerian Senate President Akpabio Nominated to Global Parliamentary Committee

Akpabio nominated to IPU's Preparatory Committee for 2025 Speakers' Conference, highlighting Nigeria's growing global parliamentary influence. The committee will shape the agenda and outcomes of this significant event.

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Nigerian Senate President Akpabio Nominated to Global Parliamentary Committee

Nigerian Senate President Akpabio Nominated to Global Parliamentary Committee

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has nominated Godswill Akpabio, the President of the Nigerian Senate, as a member of the Preparatory Committee for the Sixth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in 2025. Akpabio has been invited to attend the first meeting of the Preparatory Committee at the IPU Headquarters in Geneva on May 16-17, 2024.

The Preparatory Committee is composed of around 20 Speakers of Parliament, representatives from the IPU Executive Committee, and a senior representative of the UN Secretary-General. The committee will meet four times during the 18-month preparatory period to discuss the time, venue, main objectives, format, themes, and expected outcomes of the 2025 Speakers' Conference.

Other members of the Preparatory Committee include the President of the IPU, Dr. Tulia Ackson, and Speakers of Parliament from various countries and regional groups. "The Preparatory Committee is responsible for spearheading the preparations for the Speakers' Conference, which is held every five years since 2000 in cooperation with the United Nations," the IPU stated.

Why this matters: Akpabio's nomination to the Preparatory Committee highlights Nigeria's growing influence and participation in global parliamentary affairs. The Sixth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in 2025 will bring together leaders from around the world to strengthen the parliamentary dimension of the United Nations and address the democracy deficit in international relations.

The nomination letter from the IPU General Secretary invites Akpabio to contribute his expertise and insights to the planning of this significant event. As a member of the Preparatory Committee, Akpabio will have the opportunity to shape the agenda and outcomes of the 2025 Speakers' Conference, ensuring that the perspectives of Nigeria and the African region are well-represented.

Akpabio expressed his gratitude for the nomination and stated, "I am honored to be part of this distinguished group of global parliamentary leaders. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Preparatory Committee to ensure the success of the Sixth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in 2025." The first meeting of the Preparatory Committee in Geneva next month will mark the beginning of the preparations for this important gathering of parliamentary leaders from around the world.

Key Takeaways

  • IPU nominated Akpabio to Preparatory Committee for 2025 Speakers' Conference.
  • Preparatory Committee to discuss venue, objectives, and outcomes of the conference.
  • Akpabio's nomination highlights Nigeria's growing influence in global parliamentary affairs.
  • Speakers' Conference aims to strengthen parliamentary dimension of the United Nations.
  • Akpabio to contribute expertise and ensure African perspectives are represented.