Senator Kosachev: Parliamentary component of international relations is in demand at the UN and in today’s world in general

The senator met UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev met with UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo.

“The parliamentary component of international relations remains topical and in demand in today’s world. The Federation Council is trying to use its potential and increase the role of legislative assemblie in resolving world policy issues,” said Kosachev.

“We are happy that some initiatives of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) promoted by the Russian Federation, in particular within the 137th IPU Assembly in St-Petersburg, were supported by the UN. I mean the establishment of International Day of Parliamentarism and the initiative announced by the Speaker of the Federation Council to convene a world conference on inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogues with the participation of heads of state, parliamentary speakers and the leaders of various religions,” noted Kosachev.

According to Kosachev, the IPU will work hard on the initiative. The senator expects close collaboration on this issue with UN specialised bodies, especially UNESCO.

The head of the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee also pointed out that Russia continues to advocate a stronger central role for the UN, the inviolability of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, and the UN Security Council’s core responsibility for maintaining peace and security.

Ms DiCarlo very much appreciated Russia’s role in the United Nations Organisation.

IPU and UN interaction was also thoroughly discussed at the meeting.