01 Nov 2017 18:00pm
RUNDU, 01 NOV (NAMPA) Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Namibia, Margaret Mensah-Williams has been appointed as the Vice President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Working Group on Syria.
A media statement issued on Tuesday by her office said Mensah-Williams has been appointed in two high profile roles, the other being ambassador of the Merck more than a mother initiative in Namibia.
The statement said she was elected as vice-president of the working group on the side-lines of the 137th IPU Assembly held in St. Petersburg, Russia last month.
The working group was created to implement activities aimed at exploring appropriate and practical measures to be undertaken by the global parliamentary community to advance an inclusive and comprehensive political settlement in Syria, Mensah-Williams explained in the statement.
She added that the worlds parliamentarians are keen to contribute to a comprehensive, inclusive and peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria, especially to end the suffering of the countrys people.
The working group comprises six members of the IPU executive committee of which Mensah-Williams is a member, and one representative from each worlds six geopolitical groups.
It has agreed to implement a working plan which includes holding meetings with the delegation of the Syrian Parliament, as well as delegations from the relevant parliaments of the region to render support for the groups actions.
It will also build a partnership with the Syrian Parliament to provide assistance with the drafting of the electoral law and constitution, amongst others.
The Syrian conflict is a multi-sided armed conflict fought primarily by the government of President Bashar Al-Assad and various forces opposing the government.
More than 400 000 people have died in the conflict since 2011.
The Merck more than a mother is an Africa-wide effort by the Merck Foundation and partners as part of its Merck Capacity Advancement Programme.
The foundation, a subsidiary of the German chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences company Merck, aims to create a cultural shift towards de-stigmatisation of infertility and respect and appreciation for infertile women in Africa, as well as to raise awareness about infertility prevention and management.