The National Coordinator of the United Peace Federation-Ghana has appealed to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to support efforts towards the setting up of the Ghana chapter of the International Association of MPs for Peace (IAPP).

The initiative, Dr. Mrs. Helen Osei said, was to help promote the development of humankind along the path of coexistence and mutual prosperity for future generations.

She stated that efforts made in the 7th Parliament to set up the association in the country proved futile. This, in turn, affected the country’s image and its commitment at promoting global peace and development, she added.

Help set up 'International Association of MPs for Peace' in Ghana - Speaker urged

Mrs Osei made the appeal when she led a delegation of the United Peace Federation-Ghana to call on the Speaker in Parliament on Thursday, May 20.

The International Association of MPs for Peace is an international network of parliamentarians created to take on crucial issues of territorial disputes, religious conflicts, climate change, violent extremism and poverty through the common solidarity and cooperation of the parliamentarians of the world.

Help set up 'International Association of MPs for Peace' in Ghana - Speaker urged

The Rt. Hon. Speaker commended the federation for its dedication to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values.

He expressed regrets for the federation’s inability to see through the setting up of IAPP in the 7th Parliament and task the protocol department to ensure that all necessary structures are put in place to advertise the association for members when the 2nd meeting of the first session of the 8th parliament commences.

Help set up 'International Association of MPs for Peace' in Ghana - Speaker urged

Speaker Bagbin, who expressed similar challenges he had in the past, said Ghana and Africa for that matter must be able to clearly re-define what its priorities are in order to reconscientise the citizenry.

Peace. he said, can only exist where justice is made to prevail, hence, charged the federation and its leadership to do more to promote global dialogue and mutual coexistence.

Help set up 'International Association of MPs for Peace' in Ghana - Speaker urged

The United Peace Federation is and NGO in General Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and supporting the work of the UN achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)