The International Day of Parliamentarism in Australia aims to recognize the importance of parliaments in promoting democracy and good governance. It is celebrated every year on June 30, the anniversary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a global organization of national parliaments that promotes dialogue and cooperation between lawmakers. The day also aims to raise awareness of the role of parliaments in addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and conflict resolution. It provides an opportunity for parliamentarians to reflect on their performance and identify ways to improve their effectiveness and responsiveness to the needs of their constituents.
The history of the International Day of Parliamentarism in Australia goes back to 2018 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring June 30 as the International Day of Parliamentarism. The resolution recognized the crucial role of parliaments in promoting peace, sustainable development, and human rights. Since then, several countries including Australia have started celebrating the day by organizing events and activities to highlight the importance of parliamentary democracy. The day provides an opportunity for parliamentarians to engage with the public and promote transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in the legislative process.
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References and related sitesUN: International Day of Parliamentarism www.ipu.org: Inter-Parliamentary Union people under 30 stats www.unwomen.org: UN Women in Parliament