Indonesia's Bali to host 144th assembly of IPU

Indonesia's resort island of Bali is ready to host the 144th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its related meeting from Sunday to Thursday.

As of Monday, a total of 178 parliamentary members from 87 countries had confirmed their participation in the event, legislator Achmad Hafidz Tohir, who is also vice chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives' Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP), said Thursday.

Tohir said that this year's assembly of IPU would carry the theme "Getting to Zero: Mobilizing Parliament to Act on Climate Change" and Indonesia would focus on the issues on global warming and green economy.

"We choose to focus on climate change issue because it is about the safety of all people in the world. We want to seek ways on how the members can use their capacities to face impacts of the climate change," Tohir said.

He also said that Indonesia would likewise talk about a way to maintain finance flows in line with the commitment to supporting carbon emission reduction.

The IPU was founded in 1889 with its headquarters in Switzerland and is one of the world's oldest multilateral organizations. 

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