PACE President Anne Brasseur has urged fellow parliamentarians from around the world to demand greater solidarity from governments in dealing with the challenge of migration, warning starkly that “we are sleepwalking to disaster if we do not work together”.
Addressing the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at UN Headquarters in New York, the President said: “No country alone can solve this mixed flow of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. We, parliamentarians, must tell our governments to stop defending their own corners and show greater solidarity.”
In her speech, Ms Brasseur called on the world’s parliamentarians to make “extraordinary efforts” to deal with the three “extraordinary challenges” of migration, growing hate speech and rising radicalism.
She called for a global network of parliamentarians to combat hate speech, hate crime and extremism modelled on the Parliamentary Assembly’s successful “No Hate Parliamentary Alliance”, which operates at pan-European level.
On the fringes of the conference, the President is also due to meet Speakers of Parliament from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Germany, Jordan, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, as well as the heads of the IPU and Parlatino, among others.