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The 139th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which is held in Geneva, Switzerland, discusses using the possibilities of innovation and technology in promoting peace and development. In the opinion of the Head of the Estonian Delegation Helmen Kütt, the parliaments have to use innovation and technology to their fullest potential, and use them for the right causes.

Kütt said that science contributed to shaping of sound policies and fostering international cooperation between nations. “Many new innovative technologies contribute to the advancement of human well-being and enhanced economic growth. However, this should not be achieved at the expense of the environment,” Kütt emphasised.

“In order to develop more inclusive societies, we need to support equal access for all young people to education and labour market. We also have to advance and ensure the human rights and fundamental freedoms for young people, promote rule of law and gender equality, and reach out proactively to the most vulnerable young people,” Kütt said.

The Head of the Estonian Delegation emphasised that young people need education, and commended the IPU cooperation initiative with the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN – the Science for Peace Schools, aimed at bridging the worlds of science and politics, and at helping create parliamentary networks for nations to address these common challenges together.

Estonia is represented at the 139th Assembly of the IPU in Switzerland by Head of the Delegation Helmen Kütt and members of the Delegation Toomas Kivimägi and Aivar Kokk.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the oldest and largest organisation of parliaments in the world. It was established in 1889, and it has 171 member states from the entire world.

For further information, please contact: Helmen Kütt, +372 511 4339

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