GABRIELA CUEVAS BARRON: THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE IPU
Mexico's parliamentarian Gabriela Cuevas Barron became the 29th President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Ms. Ivonne Passada, Uruguayan parliamentarian, was the second candidate for this position. However, 287 out of 357 votes chose Gabriela Cuevas.
Gabriela Cuevas Barron appointed her deputy, Konstantin Kosachev, Charperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council.
The new head of the IPU presented a three-year work plan at her position. According to her, the Inter-Parliamentary Union should “focus on developing democracy and respect for human rights”. In her opinion, it is necessary to work out the following topics: a global treaty on migration, the ratification of international treaties, and the problem of climate change. However, the Union’s main goal is to implement the IPU Strategy 2017-2021.
Gabriela Cuevas Barron also reported on building relations with the UN.
"If we really want to make the Inter-Parliamentary Union a significant international platform, we need to enhance collaboration in this direction. The IPU can become a kind of parliamentary branch of the UN”, she said.
She also intends to increase the use of social networks. With social networks, the President plans to maintain intensive relations with the parliaments of the member countries.
The election of a woman to the position of the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union was certainly a breakthrough in the struggle for gender equality throughout the world. According to the delegates of the 137th IPU Assembly, the more active women participate in political life, the faster and more effectively the problems are solved in different spheres of society.
Valentina Matvienko, Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, commenting on the elections of the new head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, called them a real revolution in the history of this organization. She wished success to Gabriela Cuevas Barron and expressed her hope that Saint Petersburg would bring good luck to the new President.
The President of the IPU is elected every four years. The Inter-Parliamentary Union currently includes 173 member countries. Parliamentarians from around the world meet in one venue to address global issues. The peculiarity of the IPU is the lack of a monopoly of certain countries, which means that the issues on the agenda are resolved in the course of an equitable international dialogue.
The IPU has a strict rule: if there are women among parliamentarians, at least one of them must necessarily be included in the delegation.
Agata Korovina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Gavrilov