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Open House: Parliamentarians for Global Action
6 May @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Take a deep dive into the Peace and Justice community of the Hague!
The Hague is the international city of Peace and Justice. The Humanity Hub is at the heart of this unique ecosystem, providing a home for organizations striving for a more peaceful and just world and acting as a catalyst for collaboration. This diverse community of professionals is working every day towards innovating their sectors, from humanitarian action and justice innovation to peacebuilding and education.
This time around the spotlight is on Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), a non-profit, non-partisan international network of approximately 1,100 legislators in over 130 elected parliaments around the globe, which aims to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and population issues through the network of its parliamentary members.
Join us virtually to learn more about how PGA seeks to sensitize, build technical and legal capacity, and strengthen the political will of parliamentarians to take concrete initiatives and legislative actions to achieve results on PGA’s campaign objectives through a peer-to-peer methodology, country-by-country strategy, and the convening of national and regional parliamentary workshops.
PGA counts with three programmatic areas and ten campaigns:
(i) International Law and Human Rights Programme (a) Campaign for the Universality and Effectiveness of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) System; (b) Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty; (c) Campaign for the Protection of the Oceans and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14)
(ii) Gender, Equality and Inclusion: (a) Campaign to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM); (b) Campaign against Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
(iii) International Peace and Security: (a) Biological Security and Health Campaign; (b) Campaign to Address the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and to Promote the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT); (c) Campaign to Promote Nuclear and Radiological Security and (d) Campaign in Support of the Negotiation of a Treaty Prohibiting Fully Autonomous Weapons (FAWs) + the Core Campaign on Democratic Renewal and Human Rights.
Campaign for the Universality and Effectiveness of System of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Frederika Schweighoferova will take the time to talk us through PGA’s Rome Statute campaign. Since September 1998, PGA progressively launched a Campaign for the Universality and Effectiveness of System of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Campaign intends to promote a universal culture of upholding the Rule of Law, human rights and human dignity by fighting impunity for the commission of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression, the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. These efforts are in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: “To promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies”, particularly Target 16.3 which refers to promoting the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all. To adapt the campaign’s efforts to the needs of specific countries, group of countries or regions, the PGA Secretariat works with members of parliament at national, regional and international level in approximately 40 target countries.
What to expect
The Open House event will last about 45 minutes with an overview of the organization and a focus on specific projects. It will also give you ample opportunity to interact with the speakers and experts from the organization. The online Open House will be facilitated on Zoom.