The 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) started on Sunday evening in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, with the overall theme of "Parliaments: Building Peace, Democracy and Development in times of crisis".
The opening ceremony began at about 7:30 p.m. local time (1630GMT) on Sunday in the Millennium Hall near the Bole International Airport.
The 120th IPU Assembly and its related meetings will be held from Sunday to next Friday at the Conference Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa. Delegates are expected to discuss the political, economic and social situation in the world.
The Ethiopian government has said the assembly will be a special privilege for the country, an outcome of Ethiopia's growing involvement in global affairs and subsequent recognition from the international community.
Established in 1889, the IPU is the international organization of parliaments of sovereign states. It is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and cooperation among people and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.