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The 139th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) opened in Geneva

The 139th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) opened in Geneva The 139th Assembly of the IPU started today. The main topic is"Parliamentary leadership in promoting peace and development in the age of innovation and technological change." About 730 delegates from 140 parliaments of the World and about 50 chairpersons of parliaments will take part in the work of the Assembly. Currently, the Inter-Parliamentary Union unites 178 Member Parliaments and 12 inter-parliamentary assemblies as Associate Members. The Russian Federation is represented by the delegations of the Federal Assembly (headed by the Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the Federation I.M-S.Umakhanov). The plan is to adopt a resolution “Strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation on migration and migration governance in view of the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”. The Assembly will consider the prospects for the implementation of the Russian initiative to hold jointly with the UN the World Conference on Inter-religious and Inter-Ethnic Dialogue. The Assembly’s agenda also includes a panel discussion on “What can MPs do to sort fact from fiction in the age of fake news?” Meetings of committees and geopolitical groups will be held as well as the 28th session of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians and the 42nd session of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians.

Press Release on the article in “Le Temps”

With regard to the article by Mr. Sylvian Besson published in “Le Temps” on the 7th of October 2018 over the situation in the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO), the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva would like to state the following.

Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO: Fifty-Eighth Series of Meetings

The Fifty-Eighth Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO is taken place at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (September 24 to October 2, 2018). The Assembly will determine the directions for further development of the intellectual property (IP) sphere. The agenda of the meetings includes discussion of the entire spectrum of IP issues: patent law, copyright and related rights, trademarks and industrial designs, geographical indications, appellations of origin and others.

Second Eurasian Women's Forum adopted the Outcome Document

Unprecedented in scale and number of participants, the Second Eurasian Women's Forum concluded in Saint Petersburg. The adopted Outcome Document outlined the most acute problems faced by women and suggested solutions. For example, the use of modern technologies to improve the quality of medical care, educational programs, as well as support for women's entrepreneurship. In addition, the resolution calls on the international community and governments to ensure through legislation the empowerment of women. The full text of the Outcome Document is available here: