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Our Key Achievements to Date

  1. PGA Legislators have contributed directly to 76 of the 122 ratifications/accessions to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (as of February 2013), including most recently Ivory Coast, Guatemala, Cape Verde, The Maldives, The Philippines, St. Lucia, Seychelles, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Chile, and Suriname. These important accomplishments have in turn led to a broader strengthening of the rule of law and more generally to the fight against impunity.

    PGA has actively contributed to the process of drafting and amending national legislation aimed at implementing the Rome Statute of the ICC into the domestic legal systems of more than 25 countries, including countries whose situations are under investigation before the ICC such as Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic.

    Through the Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the ICC & the Rule of Law, the largest global gathering of politicians on international justice held biannually since 2002, PGA has successfully raised awareness among Lawmakers and other stakeholders in all regions of the world on the need to affirm the principle of individual criminal responsibility to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes with the complementary action of domestic and international jurisdictions.

  2. PGA Legislators in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Senegal all played an important role in ensuring their respective countries' ratification of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons. This objective was secured following participation in regional and international PGA Small Arms and Light Weapons Workshops which served to raise awareness of the need to address the illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, in particular in the West African region.

    PGA and its Members are also playing a prominent role in promoting the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). PGA has worked together with other members of the Control Arms campaign (including Oxfam and Amnesty International) in drafting a Parliamentary Declaration in support of the ATT. This Declaration was signed by over 2,000 Members of Parliament in 114 countries worldwide between November 2011 and July 2012.

  3. PGA has active membership from countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and has a track record of working with its members to raise awareness and promote legislation on HIV/AIDS policy, women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive rights, and sustainable development.

    As a result of PGA's HIV/AIDS advocacy work in South Asia in 2009, the Lower House of the National Assembly of Pakistan passed the domestic violence bill in the summer of 2009 which was moved by a PGA Member. The harassment at workplace bill was also passed in early 2010. In 2011, the Prevention of Anti-Women Practices Bill, also authored by a PGA Member, was unanimously passed in the Lower House.

  4. PGA Legislators marshaled critical global support for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty ensuring the successful outcome of the negotiations leading up to its adoption. PGA has received a number of prestigious awards in recognition of its extraordinary contribution to making the CTBT a reality, including the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize.

    Closely related with this, a combined project between PGA, Greenpeace and the Government of New Zealand had a significant impact in halting French government nuclear testing in the pacific. PGA Members were also active in securing the number of ratifications necessary for the Chemical Weapons Convention to enter into force.

  5. PGA promoted peaceful dialogue between warring factions in several regions with conflict or near conflict and created openings between countries in cross-border conflicts - including Eastern Europe/South Caucus; Afghanistan/Pakistan; and government-opposition agreements in Burundi, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Haiti, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

  6. PGA Legislators have raised awareness and promoted legislation with the Islamist government in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa which addresses the challenges posed by HIV/AIDS.

  7. PGA Members played a pivotal role in attaining consensus on a global agreement on family planning issues at the International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 1994.

  8. The first interactions between the US Congress and the Soviet Union Duma and Government took place, in part, through the initiatives of PGA Members. The leaders were PGA Member Sen. Tom Harkin [then Congressman] and Olafur Grimmson [now President of Iceland] leading to the choice of Reykjavik for the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit meeting.

  9. PGA has played an important role in setting up certain regional organizations - ECOWAS in particular - to build peace, lessen the Anglophone/Francophone divide in West Africa and expand regional trade.

  10. Through PGA's Population Program in West Africa, parliamentary committees in Senegal and Ghana made great strides in population and development issues: in Senegal, the population network supported passage of legislation abolishing the practice of female genital mutilation; in Ghana, the parliamentary caucus on population was formally recognized as a full committee of the parliament and amended existing laws and promoted the passage of new laws regarding the minimum age of marriage and child labour.

Key Achievements

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