Members of Parliament globally have been tasked on the need to promote Peace, Unity and co-existence.

Opening the 8th Plenary Session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace organized by Global Council for Tolerance and Peace under the stewardship of H.E Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Jarwan in collaboration with the Union of Comoros recently, H.E. Moustadroine Abdou, President of the Assembly of the Union of Comoros emphasized the need to support Peace.

“We live in a dynamic world that is full of different challenges caused majorly by the human race. However, it’s important and incumbent upon us to preach peace to the world for God/Allah treasures the same so who are we not to follow suit of these spiritual requirements?”, the French speaking legislator asked before asking MPs to prioritize peace.

Flanked by H.E Dhoihir Dhoulkamal-Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, In-charge of the Diaspora and Franco-phone,H.E Zaid Al-Sabban, Director of the Horn of Africa Department,Arab League, H.E Abdou revealed that National Assemblies world over are in charge of legislation whose output impacts on the people they represent.

During the same session held at the National Assembly in Moroni, participants drawn from all over the world condemned the cowardly terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Houthi militia on civilian areas and facilities in the United Arab Emirates in January 2022.

They also agreed to join forces to confront any terrorist attempt or its practices, recommend the promotion of the humanitarian values of tolerance and peace, call on members to work collectively and joint efforts in meeting the goals of the council in spreading the values of tolerance and peace and fighting discrimination, violence, racism, and extremism, support all projects that empower women, youth, education and sustainable development and work to implement the decisions of the 8th IPTP session.

The International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace members held a plenary discussion on the role of parliamentarians on the youth and consolidation of social peace, where they discussed the significance of raising young people’s understanding of their role in fostering a peaceful culture.

Finally, the members of the IPTP drafted a Declaration and unanimously adopted it.

The Declaration from Moroni was read and signed by the President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, H.E Ahmed Al Jarwan, and the Vice President of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, H.E. Zoubeiri Mohamad.

The Members of Parliament who attended the session were drawn from Bosnia and Herzegovina, DR Congo, Comoros, Croatia, Egypt , Gabon, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Maldives, Mozambique, Nepal, North Macedonia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Uganda with diplomats, representatives of universities and civil society organizations attending.

Alongside the 8th session of The International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, there was also The International Forum for Youth and Peace (IFYP) held in Moroni in the Assembly of the Union of Comoros that was opened by the President of the Union of Comoros, His Excellency Azali Assoumani who enumerated the importance of involving the Youth in day to day activities as a way of preparing them for the future as responsible citizens.

Other attendees at the youth session were H.E Takiddine Youssouf, Minister of Youth, Employment, Labor, Sports, Arts and Culture, H. Chamsoudine Said Mhadji, President of the National Network of Young Leaders for Peace, H.E Francois Batalingaya, Resident Coordinator of UNS Comoros and H.E. Ambassador Zaid Al-Sabban, Director of the Horn of Africa Department, Arab League.

Others are H.E Noel Messone, Former Minister of Youth, MP of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, and H.E Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Jarwan, President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace.

The IFYP was divided into five-panel sessions with each discussing a specific topic on youth and peace.

Topics discussed included “The role of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace and its strategic axes while focusing on the promotion of tolerance, peace, human rights, culture, civilizations, and democracy”, “National intergenerational dialogue on citizenship and patriotism to sensitize Comorian youth on the interest of national dialogue and patriotism”, “Operationalization of the National Fund for the One Youth-One Job Initiative focusing on maximizing economic and social opportunities for young people and resource mobilization”.

Others are, “Women and Peace building to promote women’s participation in social dialogue and conflict mediation”, “Youth Entrepreneurship and the Consolidation of Social Peace to promote youth entrepreneurship to sustain and consolidate social peace”.

The President of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, H.E Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Jarwan and the Minister of the Interior, Information, Decentralization and Territorial Administration, H.E Mahamoud Fakridine, delivered their closing remarks as the 4 day session closed.

“As we close this 8th session with Parliamentarians from all over the world, our observation as an entity is that we are all committed to promoting peace wherever we are. Life will be easy provided the world is a better place to live in. Therefore, we appeal to you that let us agitate for peace, condemn all acts that deny people peace and above all, we ought to be good peace ambassadors wherever we are”, President Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Jarwan said.

At the end of the session, University of Comoros in Moroni signed an MoU with the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace among others.

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