IPU mourns Gurirab

18 Jul 2018 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) – The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is saddened by the death of former IPU president from 2008 to 2011, Theo-Ben Gurirab.
IPU Secretary General, Martin Chungong in a media statement on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death of the political stalwart, adding that Namibia and the world have lost a great man, a politician without equal.
The late Gurirab is described as a world leader who brought great distinction and wisdom to the position.
“Under his stewardship of the process leading up to the Millennium Summit of 2000 and Millennium Declaration, Heads of State and Government for the first time formally recognised the importance of interaction and engagement between the United Nations (UN), national parliaments and the IPU,” the statement reads.
This, according to the statement, opened the way to a strategic partnership between the UN and the IPU aimed at bringing the voice of parliamentarians to global governance and bridging the democracy gap in international relations.
Gurirab was known to be a skilful negotiator and an eloquent speaker and as IPU president presided over the Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, held in July 2010 and his address to the conference still resonates, almost a decade later, the statement adds.
In 1998, Gurirab received an award from the World Association of Former UN Interns and Fellows in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of human rights, peace and development, especially within the context of promoting Namibia’s nation-building.
He died on Saturday in a private hospital in Windhoek at the age of 80 and will be buried on Saturday at Heroes’ Acre.