This seminar is part of the IPU's efforts to strengthen parliamentary capacity in the area of sustainable development. It is intended to help parliaments address the challenges of a rapidly changing global context. In this endeavour, the IPU has partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to design and implement a relevant global initiative. Similar seminars have been held in Beirut for the Arab region and in Yaoundé for the Africa region.
The seminar in Vientiane is being organized by the IPU in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the invitation of the National Assembly of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. It is intended for parliaments in the Asia-Pacific region. It will address three topics: poverty reduction, energy and biodiversity, which have been identified as priorities in the region The seminar will contribute to a better understanding among members of parliament and parliamentary staff of the issues involved. Experience sharing will prove useful as these are cross-cutting issues throughout the region Ultimately, the seminar aims to help parliaments enhance their environmental and pro-development legislation and policy.