Remote Deliberations in the Americas: Adapting Parliamentary Practices Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
About ParlAmericas. Written on September, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced institutions worldwide to adapt to new ways of operating, and the ParlAmericas is no exception. ParlAmericas, an institution composed of the parliaments of the Americas and the Caribbean, promotes parliamentary diplomacy in the inter-American system through political dialogue and exchange of good practices. It focuses on three pillars: gender equality, open parliament, and climate change. In response to the pandemic, ParlAmericas has dedicated itself to supporting its member parliaments and addressing the challenges posed by the crisis.
The Importance of Parliaments Amidst the Pandemic
Parliaments play a crucial role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that crisis responses receive the necessary legal and budgetary backing. They must guarantee that these responses are effective and reach the most vulnerable populations. As an Argentine parliamentarian noted, the pandemic affects everyone, but not everyone has equal resources to combat it. Strengthening democracies and ensuring governments work for the most vulnerable is critical, with parliaments playing a key role in guaranteeing this.