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IPU report reveals how ICT is changing parliaments

A new study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has found major steps forward in how the world’s parliaments are using information and communications technologies (ICT) to engage with citizens. The World e-Parliament Report 2016  says ICT can have a transformative effect in making parliaments more transparent and accessible, but warns that much more remains to be done and highlights that low-income countries are struggling to devote sufficient resources to the task. read more

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IPU deeply shocked at killing of British MP
MPs at world trade conference urge strong action to boost development
IPU Secretary General greets new ambassadors new
IPU SG champions women’s empowerment at Geneva event
Viet Nam hails key IPU role in development agenda
Kyrgyz Speaker’s visit opens new chapter in IPU ties

IPU deeply shocked at killing of British MP

IPU is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic killing of British MP Jo Cox, who was attacked last week in her constituency. Secretary General Martin Chungong said: “Like many MPs around the world, Jo Cox has worked tirelessly for democracy, peace and human rights. With her background in development work, she has been a strong advocate for refugees, those suffering poverty and injustice, and victims of conflict. It is heartbreaking to learn that she has been killed while carrying out her democratic mandate. Violence has no place in any democracy. read more

MPs at world trade conference urge strong action to boost development

A global meeting of MPs specializing in international trade has called for urgent action to implement multilateral agreements which benefit the developing world. More than 400 parliamentary delegates from around 60 countries attended the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization (WTO), co-chaired by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the European Parliament. The event, held in Geneva on 13-14 June, covered a wide range of topics under the theme What Future for the WTO? 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     

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.

International Peace and Security

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.

Promoting Human Rights

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.

Sustainable Development

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.

Cooperation with the UN

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.

Key Events

IPU brings together parliamentarians from around the world to actively find solutions to global and regional problems.

You can find a list of Future Events here.

VALPARAISO, 28-30 June 2016
World e-Parliament Conference

GENEVA, 27 September 2016
Parliamentary session within the framework of the annual WTO Public Forum