I shall end by referring to three powers that parliamentarians bring to the table. These are the 3 Ps.
First is the power of pronouncements. What we say makes a difference in the public discourse. What we discuss in the budget speech, in the president’s speech, what we speak about in our own constituency, is important.
Second is the power of policy. Legislation does not operate in a vacuum. First you have to have a policy that articulates the political priorities of the government and then you have legislation to promote that policy.
Third is the power that I am going to refer to as the power of the purse. Policies are only as good as the extent to which they are funded. Unless you have the resources, you cannot implement the policies.
These are the three Ps that we as parliamentarians bring to the table, and this is a commitment that is going to endure until such time that we have a world that is not just free of leprosy but in which all people are treated with the dignity and respect that they are entitled to as human beings. That is the commitment I make to you on behalf of the IPU. (Extract from speech by IPU President Saber Chowdhury at Global Appeal 2017, 30 January 2017.)