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INSIDE ISSUES


The future of Scotland will be decided when voters head to the polls on 18 September


the Executive Secretary of the Malawi Human Rights Commission, Ms Grace Malera, argues it is now more than ever critical to increase the participation of women in politics for women’s empowerment and ultimately for the attainment of sustainable development. A Practice Parliament for women (PPW) was initiated by the Parliament of Tonga as part of its vision of building a modern and more representative Parliament, and also to encourage women’s participation in Parliament. A Parliamentary Research Officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms Silivia ‘Atiola that


collaborated on the PPW, outlines the objectives that formed the backdrop to the running of the beneficial programme.


Finding the best ways of utilizing best practice information management and technology in the Northern Ireland Assembly dictates the next article. The Clerk/Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr Trevor Reaney, documents the various ways the Assembly is exploiting the available technology to help streamline and make every day working more efficient.


Ceremonies and rituals constitute a significant role in the traditions of


the Parliament of India. Through ceremonial spectacles, formal and informal rules and rituals, art and architecture, political and social hierarchies operate within political institutions such as Parliaments. The Director of the Lok Sabha Secretariat, Shri Ravindra Garimella, discusses the ceremonies and rituals that have evolved in the Indian Parliament, and the importance of different parliamentary ceremonies and rituals to the everyday working of the institution and its Members. The last article of Issue Three summarizes the latest Working Report that the Fifth Assessment Report (due to be finalized this


October) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC has produced reports that support the main international treaty on climate change and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). I end this Inside Issues on a slightly subdued note, given that it will be my last. I move on from the CPA after six years – and like the Scottish and UK Governments, will too be embracing new changes of my own. It has been an absolute delight having worked on the journal, and I can only hope that my successor continues to maintain its high standards.


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