Parliaments have a critical role to play in promoting democracy and good governance. They represent the voice of the people, pass laws, allocate funds to implement laws and policies, and hold governments to account. Parliaments also work to make sure that policies benefit all people, especially the most vulnerable.
As an organisation that promotes excellence in parliamentary affairs, we join the rest of the World in commemorating the #InternationalDayofParliamentarism.
Running under the theme, “Parliaments in a time of Pandemic,” the role of Parliament is more vital than ever to pass emergency laws, allocate resources and scrutinize government action.
First celebrated on June 30, 2018, the day celebrates Parliaments and the ways in which parliamentary systems of government improve the day-to-day lives of people the world over.
June 30 was chosen as the International Day of Parliamentarism by the United Nations General Assembly in a resolution adopted on May 22, 2018, to coincide with the day in 1889, about 130 years ago, that the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) — an organisation that comprises global parliaments — was founded.
The Day also accords parliamentarians an opportunity to take stock of the journey travelled, identify challenges, and map ways to address them effectively.