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Climate Summit 2014 – the parliamentary perspective

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong will take part in the Climate Summit 2014 on 23 September in New York where world leaders will push forward efforts to reach an ambitious and legally binding global agreement on climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited leaders from government, parliament, finance, business and civil society to this event to galvanize climate action. He has asked for bold announcements and actions to be announced at the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) session in Paris in 2015. By the end of the Paris meeting, all nations, including the biggest emitters of ... [read more]

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Zahia Benarous, MP, Algeria
"Behind every important man, there is a woman."
Mato Franjicevic, MP, Bosnia and Herzegovina
"Why am I an MP ? Because of Rousseau."
Fatouma Issakha Haroun, MP, Chad
"I got involved in politics to help improve life in rural areas in every way."
Nico Schrijver, MP, Netherlands
"I advocate freedom, justice and human rights, including for future generations."
Rustum Ali Faraji, MP, Bangladesh
"I am a physician. I got into politics and was elected MP several times."

Political solutions exist to ensure rights of indigenous peoples

Political solutions ensuring the rights of indigenous peoples are upheld do exist but more action is needed to implement them, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) ahead of a global conference on the issue next week. Although indigenous peoples make up five per cent of the global population, they represent 15 per cent of the world’s disadvantaged and account for one third of the one billion extremely poor rural people. In addition, indigenous peoples suffer violations of rights that include forced evictions, land loss, discrimination, loss of identity and culture and are often excluded from decision making at all levels. [read more]

MPs meet to tackle violence against girls in Asia

MPs and parliamentary staff from the Asia-Pacific region are meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 23-25 September to find concrete ways to prevent and combat violence against girls at national level. During the three-day event Ending the cycle of violence against girls in Asia-Pacific organized jointly by the Parliament of Bangladesh and IPU, special emphasis will be placed on the three most prevalent forms of violence against girls in the region: early marriage, sexual violence and domestic violence. Funded by Worldwide Support for Development (WSD) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the meeting will enable participants to develop strategies and actions to tackle this issue, including legislation and its enforcement. [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.