New York, SANA- The Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament kicked off at the United Nations headquarters in New York with the participation of a delegation from the People’s Assembly.

Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham heads Syria’s delegation to the conference in which parliamentary delegations representing 140 countries are taking part.

The conference aims to discuss ways to confront international challenges facing peace and democracy in the world, particularly terrorism.

The 3-day conference will also discuss issues related to conflict, terrorism, immigration, discrimination, climate change, efforts to engage young people in the democratic process, gender equality and balanced political representation.

The conference will focus on achieving the seventeen development goals such as the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and establishing peaceful societies.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

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