Session 2:
With Courage and Vision, Building New Bridges and Opportunities for the Korean Peninsula

Tuesday, February 1: 11:00-12:10 PM EST

Parliamentarians play a central role in nations throughout the world, representing the people, respecting the rule of law, and upholding human rights; in effect, parliamentarians work to build safe, secure, stable and peaceful societies. The “International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace” has been launched as a worldwide association of parliamentarians which provides a forum to bring their experience and wisdom to bear in the search for solutions to our world’s problems. Parliamentarians, current and former, from around the world have offered their remarks on the importance of their work and the value of increased cooperation and collaboration in the search for innovative solutions to some of the critical issues that we face on the local, national, regional and global levels, from climate change to the rise of extremist ideologies to humanitarian disasters and conflict.

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Moderator: Dr. Paterne Zinsou, Vice-President, UPF Africa


  • Ghana: Rt. Hon. Alban S. Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament of Ghana
  • Colombia: Hon. Gérman Blanco Álvarez, Member of Parliament, Colombia


  • Democratic Republic of Congo: H.E. Christophe Mboso N’Kodia Pwanga, President of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Sao Tome and Principe: H.E. Delfim Santiago das Neves, President of the National Assembly of Sao Tome and Principe
  • Uganda: Hon. Biyika Lawrence Songa, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change; Chairman, IAPP Uganda
  • U.S.A.: Hon. Dan Burton, U.S. House of Representatives (1983-2013); International Co-Chair, IAPP
  • U.S.A. Mr. Aaron T. Manaigo, Co-Chairman, Potomac International Partners, USA