Nuku’alofa, Tonga (29 May 2020) –In a historical move,- the Legislative Assembly of Tonga has for the first time organized a budget briefing for representatives of Tonga’s civil society organizations (CSO). The briefing was held in recognition of the CSOs’ role as key players within Tonga communities, and the importance of their involvement in the national budget process.
A Special Meeting for the elected Representatives of the Legislative Assembly shall be convened tomorrow, Friday 27th September 2019, at 10 am, at the Parliamentary Chambers of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, to elect the Prime Minister of Tonga.
A six-member mission team from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is in Tonga to increase the capacity of the Legislative Assembly secretariat during the parliamentary review of the 2019 budget.
Over 1600 parliamentarians, UN partners and experts from around the world will meet in Doha, Qatar, for the 140th IPU Assembly from 6 to 10 April. Under the overarching theme of education for peace, the Assembly will also consider ways in which parliaments can boost gender equality- particularly in the region, take measures to counter terrorism, promote human rights and invest in renewable energy.