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    UNIS/SGSM/875
    29 June 2018

    The Secretary-General

    Message on the International Day of Parliamentarism

    30 June 2018

    The International Day of Parliamentarism, a new United Nations observance, recognizes the pivotal role played by parliaments.

    As a former parliamentarian, I have felt, firsthand, the responsibility of representing people and trying to advance their aspirations.

    Parliaments can be pillars of democracy, important defenders of human rights and can link local and global issues.

    Through laws and spending decisions, they can contribute significantly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - our blueprint for peaceful, resilient societies on a healthy planet.

    Yet parliaments are still largely dominated by men.  The world needs more women parliamentarians.

    As we mark this new International Day, I express my support for members of parliaments worldwide, as they strive to deliver for the people they serve.

    Thank you.

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