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Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation adopts ambitious plan

Improving the quality and quantity of development cooperation is critical to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) was set up in 2011 to coordinate global action on development cooperation. The IPU represents the global parliamentary community on the Steering Committee of the GPEDC, which held its 13th session on 23-24 April in Washington, DC. The meeting adopted an ambitious programme of work for 2017-2018, which includes more emphasis on implementing development cooperation commitments... read more

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136th IPU Assembly and related meetings (Dhaka 1-5 April)
Global Partnership on Effective Development Co-operation adopts ambitious plan
Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament visits the IPU
Young MPs from Asia-Pacific join efforts to tackle violent extremism
MPs visit facilities for adolescents and children in Dhaka
IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong re-elected to a further four-year term
World MPs in drive to end extreme inequalities

Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament visits the IPU

The new Speaker of Lithuanian Parliament, Mr. Viktoras Pranckietis paid a courtesy call on the IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong at the IPU headquarters in Geneva on 25 April. Mr. Pranckietis and Mr. Chungong discussed the current challenges facing the international community, including Syria and the migration crisis. They also spoke about priorities for IPU’s work, especially the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and gender parity in politics. Mr. Pranckietis  was elected as the Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament in November 2016. read more

Young MPs from Asia-Pacific join efforts to tackle violent extremism

More than 50 young parliamentarians from Asia-Pacific countries have gathered in Sri Lanka today and tomorrow to discuss their role in advancing inclusive and peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism in the region. In recent years, the world has witnessed new waves of violent extremism that have threatened the security and stability of societies across the world. This is a growing concern for the security of the Asia-Pacific region. Parliaments are among the key institutions that can play an effective role in preventing violent extremism (PVE). In addition to ratifying and facilit ... read more

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Key Events

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You can find a list of Future Events here.


COLOMBO, 25-26 April 2017
Regional seminar for Young Parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific region

Ho Chi Minh City, 11-13 May 2017
Regional Seminar for the Asia-Pacific region on the SDGs