The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) condemns the violence and loss of life following clashes between protestors and security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 19 September. IPU urges all sides to refrain from further violence and to engage in fully inclusive talks on a transparent and fair electoral process, in line with the country’s Constitution. Police and demonstrators clashed following the Electoral Commission’s announcement that presidential and legislative elections scheduled for later this year would be delayed. read more
Malnutrition is a silent emergency that affects billions of people. The United Nations estimates that one in three people are impacted with some 156 million children suffering from stunted growth and 99 million from underweight. No country is spared from the problem. Since 2010, the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement (scalingupnutrition.org) has been leading a global push to build a world free of malnutrition by 2030. It is based on the principle that everyone has the right to adequate, safe and nutritious food. It brings together the United Nations and government officials, civil society, donors, businesses and scientists from 57 countries to engage, inspire and invest in collective actions to achieve its goal. read more
The aspirations for a fairer world set out in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will only be met if there is more democracy worldwide, said the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today. Marking the International Day of Democracy (15 September) with the theme “Democracy 2030”, IPU called on political leaders everywhere to strengthen connections between the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and citizens’ demands for greater transparency, accountability and inclusive decision-making. read more
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.
Democracy means all voices are heard. IPU is committed to ensuring that women - half of the world’s population - are able to participate equally in politics. Its unique research and data on women’s political participation is a widely used barometer on progress.
IPU’s primary goals are peace and democracy. It gives special priority to preventing and eliminating conflict through political dialogue. It responds to crises which affect world or regional security and monitors certain conflict situations.
Parliament has a special responsibility to ensure human rights are respected. IPU provides protection and redress to MPs at risk of abuse and helps parliaments to make human rights a reality for everyone.
Parliaments play a critical role in social and economic development. IPU supports parliaments on key international development goals, on making development aid more effective and on strengthening parliamentary action on climate change.
IPU works closely with the United Nations and other multi-lateral bodies to ensure there is a parliamentary dimension to international cooperation, global governance as well as in the resolution of major international issues.
IPU brings together parliamentarians from around the world to actively find solutions to global and regional problems.
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