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MPs’ meeting breaks new ground at World Health Assembly

MPs will meet alongside the World Health Assembly next month in the first event of its kind.  It follows WHO Director-General Margaret Chan’s historic first address to an IPU Assembly in Geneva last October, in which she exhorted MPs to fulfil their unique and powerful role in delivering better health care to citizens.  The meeting will strengthen parliamentary involvement in the World Health Organization and help ensure its decisions are translated into practical action by parliaments. MPs will be able to share and hear ideas on delivering the ambitious targets set under Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health - including universal health coverage – and the new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. read more

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IPU President meets Romanian Head of State
Opportunity for MPs to shape new guide to SDGs
SDGs roadmap agreed by MPs from Eastern and Central Europe
Sierra Leone tackles Ebola prejudice and violence
IPU welcomes progress on human rights cases in DRC and Iraq
Rwanda community events focus on civil registration benefits

SDGs roadmap agreed by MPs from Eastern and Central Europe

MPs from seven countries and the European Parliament have pledged at a meeting in Romania to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using an inclusive approach focusing on “People, Peace, Prosperity, Planet and Partnerships”. The Central and Eastern Europe regional seminar in Bucharest on 18 and 19 April was organised by the Romanian parliament and IPU. In a closing statement, delegates stressed the role of good governance in implementing the SDGs and urged all parliaments to make use of the new toolkit being developed by IPU to help determine whether... read more

Turkey labour laws set for gender review

A series of meetings is being held in Turkey to review the country’s labour laws, analysing whether they match up to world standards on gender equality.  International experts will join members and staff of the parliamentary commission on equal opportunities, senior officials from the Prime Minister’s office and other key departments who are responsible for reviewing draft legislation, and MPs from parliamentary committees dealing with labour, social affairs and justice. The meetings will highlight international conventions on gender equality – such as the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) – before examining Turkish laws to identify areas where amendments may be needed. 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.


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

BUCHAREST , 18-19 April 2016
Regional Seminar (Central and Eastern Europe) on the theme "Parliaments and the implementation of the SDGs"