IPU-IGAD Meet Ponders on Regional Security

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Mohamed Adam, the Secretary General of IPU-IGAD, said the region has enormous challenges, such as peace that has eluded some member states.

Regional security, climate change and human trafficking among other issues are expected to dominate the agenda of the ongoing Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) executive council meeting currently sitting in Kamuli, Uganda.
While opening the meeting this morning, the speaker, Rebecca Kadaga who also doubles as the Vice president of the IPU executive council, said the meeting will have to think critically on the security situation in the member states.
"We are meeting at a time when South Sudan and Somalia still miss peace and security; when climate change is devastating our region; when many women and girls are still subjected to cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment and torture under the name of cultural values", Kadaga observed.

She said many people in IGAD member states still die due to poverty, hunger, malnutrition, disease, human sacrifice and trafficking. Kadaga also decried the dispossession of cultural and traditional assets from community members in the name of promoting foreign investments and modernization. 
She said there is need for the IPU-IGAD executive council meeting to ponder on whether enough has been done to protect the people in the region. 

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Kadaga also implored the delegates to deliberate on how to re-engineer the organization to deliver its objectives faster and effectively.
They include promoting unity and strengthen ties of cooperation among IGAD member states of parliament, peace, security, stability within the IGAD sub-region, good governance, transparency and rule of law.

Others include promotion of respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, justice and gender equality; dialogue and exchanges between parliaments of IGAD member states among others.
According to Kadaga, they expect to come up with firm resolutions on how to address the challenges to achieving their objectives.
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Mohamed Adam, the Secretary General of IPU-IGAD, said the region has enormous challenges, such as peace that has eluded some member states. 

He called on parliamentarians from the Inter-Government Authority  on Development  (IGAD) to ensure all leaders double their efforts to attain peace in all member states and hunt for resources to combat poverty, environmental  degradation and human trafficking among other  challenges.
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The two day meeting has attracted Speakers and representative of parliaments from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.