BKSAP Calls for Strengthening Multilateralism at the World Conference of Speakers of Parliament
Vice Chairperson of BKSAP Charles Honoris speaks at a press conference. Photo : Erman/Man
The delegation of the House Committee for Inter-parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) attended the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, an annual conference of parliamentary leaders around the world. This year’s keynote speakers at the conference include Speaker of the Indonesian House Dr. (H.C) Puan Maharani. Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of BKSAP, Fadli Zon and Charles Honoris, also attended the event virtually.
The conference, which was initiated by the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and hosted by the Austrian Parliament, was held virtually on 19 - 20 August 2020. The session resulted with the Declaration on Parliamentary Leadership for More Effective Multilateralism that Delivers Peace and Sustainable Development for the People and Planet.
During the discussion of the outcome of the declaration, BKSAP Vice Chairperson Charles Honoris put forward some proposals including promoting multilateralism, saying that in the fight against the global pandemic, cooperation and unity are needed more than ever before. All elements should work together to tackle it with the spirit of gotong royong (spirit of camaraderie), he added.
“We underline that effective multilateralism is what the world needs now,” he said at the parliamentary building, Jakarta, Thursday (20/8/2020). “The world demands international cooperation and actions at multilateral levels to achieve global solutions. International solidarity is vital for us to weather this multidimensional crisis.”
Honoris continued by saying that this pandemic situation should not hinder our efforts to exercise parliamentary diplomacy. Through technology, MPs around the world gathered at the IPU could still contribute to the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament agenda. He underlined that the united and stronger parliaments could initiate global communities to play active roles in finding solutions on various issues of the world.
“Parliaments must adapt to the current situation and be able to perform their constitutional functions effectively,” Honoris said quoting key points raised by the Speaker of Indonesian Parliament who was as a keynote speaker in the panel discussion on Improving governance by bridging the gap between parliaments and the people. (es)