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IPU-UN hearing sheds fresh light on drug policy debate

A conference of world MPs at the United Nations in New York has highlighted the need for fresh thinking to meet the challenges of the world drug problem. The parliamentary hearing, jointly organized by IPU and the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, drew MPs and other experts from around the world to evaluate current drug policy and search for new solutions. The meeting concluded that greater international cooperation was useful, but that countries should take advantage of the flexibility provided by existing conventions to tailor their own solutions to the drug problem.  This may include decriminalizing the use and possession of light drugs like cannabis, within a strict regulatory system, as several countries have done. read more

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South Asia Speakers' Summit pledges action on tobacco and SDGs
Stage set for TEDx Transforming Lives event
Major health promotion role for IPU President

South Asia Speakers' Summit pledges action on tobacco and SDGs

Speakers of Parliament from across South Asia have pledged to step up action to curb tobacco use, which kills more than 1.5 million people in the region every year. The commitment is part of a comprehensive declaration by the Speakers after a summit on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), internationally agreed targets which include ending extreme poverty and hunger and improving global health by 2030.  read more

Stage set for TEDx Transforming Lives event

Eleven inspiring speakers with powerful stories to tell are preparing to share their ideas on Transforming Lives at a TEDx event in Geneva on 11 February. The event will celebrate and spread the word about the global impact of Geneva-based international organizations. It is being organized and hosted by colleagues from the UN Office at Geneva and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, with support from nine other associated agencies, including IPU. read more

The global organization of parliaments, IPU works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples.

Representative Democracy

A strong and efficient parliament is critical to democracy. IPU works to make parliaments more effective in fulfilling their government oversight and legislative roles, in guaranteeing people’s rights and liberties and in securing peace and development.

Women in Politics     

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International Peace and Security

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Sustainable Development

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Cooperation with the UN

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Key Events

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You can find a list of Future Events here.

ABIDJAN , 22-23 February 2016
Seminar for African parliaments on the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1540

NEW YORK, 15 March 2016
Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, organised with UN Women

LUSAKA , 16-17 March 2016
The IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians

LUSAKA, 19 - 23 March 2016
134th IPU Assembly and related meetings
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