International Day of Parliamentarianism, significance of Parliaments, during the COVID-19 crisis

Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani in his special message on the occasion of International Day of Parliamentarianism has called for amplifying the message of the significance of Parliaments, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

June 30 is the day designated to celebrate the International Day of Parliamentarism. The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution, recognized the role of parliaments in national plans and strategies and in ensuring greater transparency and accountability at national and global levels.

The Chairman Senate observed that the day coinciding with the 130th anniversary of Inter-Parliamentary Union has made it even more important and calls for coming together to express our resolve to strengthen the Parliamentary process and practices.

Chairman Senate remarked that Parliaments all over the world are grappling with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on their Constitutional obligations, such as, oversight, lawmaking and public involvement.

These are the testing times that require extraordinary steps and collaborations to address the extraordinary circumstances; certainly, parliaments have a vital role to play in protecting their populations and generating greater connectivity between nations to collectively address this pandemic.