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PGA's Annual Parliamentary Forum

In 1980, PGA initiated an Annual Parliamentary Forum during the United Nations General Assembly. The primary goal was to develop the role of parliamentarians in international politics by organizing a UN Parliamentary Forum at each General Assembly. The first Forum was held in September 1981 at the UN to discuss The Politics of Human Survival. As a result of PGA's involvement of MPs, governments now routinely include parliamentarians on national delegations to the General Assembly.

At these fora, PGA members not only have the opportunity to discuss pressing issues with other members from around the world, but also with parliamentarians who are not members, such as high-level government and intergovernmental officials and experts, whom they might not have ever met otherwise.

Since 2000, PGA's Annual Fora have been held internationally. The first international venue was in Rome, Italy, for the 22nd Annual Forum titled Debt-for-Development: Debt Relief Targeted to Poverty Eradication. Since then PGA's Annual Forum has been held in Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United States Congress.

Some years, the Annual Forum is held as part of the biennial Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court and the Rule of Law, the major event of the International Law and Human Rights Programme and the only parliamentary forum to address the fight against impunity for international crimes.

The Topics of Some Past Annual Fora:

2013

Building a Stable and Durable Peace: the Role of Parliamentarians in Support of Peace Processes

35th Annual Forum
Parliament of Colombia, Bogota
December 9th-10th, 2013

2011

2010

Empowering Women - Building Human Security

32nd Annual Forum
Istanbul, Turkey
October 23-24, 2010

2009

Environment, Energy Management and the Global Economy

31st Annual Forum
United States Congress, Washington, D.C.

2008

Fifth Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the ICC and the Rule of Law: Strengthening Democratic Institutions, Accountability and the Rule of Law

30th Annual Forum
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2007

2005

Migration, Immigration and Integration

27th Annual Forum
Dublin, Ireland

2003

PGA's 25th Anniversary Tribute

25th Annual Forum
United States Congress, Washington D.C.

1999

Eradicating Global Poverty

21st Annual Forum
United Nations, New York

1998

1997

Crafting Lasting Peace

19th Annual Forum
United Nations, New York

1996

Special Parliamentary Session on Africa

18th Annual Forum
UNICEF House, New York

1995

Reviving the Global Economy

17th Annual Forum
United States Congress, Washington, D.C.

1994

Some More Equal than Others?: Disarmament and Development in the post Cold-War Perspective

16th Annual Forum
United Nations, New York

1993

UN Peacekeeping

15th Annual Forum
United Nations, New York

1992

Global Dialogue on the New World Order

14th Annual Forum
United Nations, New York

1991

Defining the New Sovereignty

13th Annual Forum
United Nations, New York

1990

Nuclear Test Ban and Non-Proliferation

12th Annual Forum
United Nations, New York

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