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MPs make terrorism and future of sustainable development their global priority

Finding ways to curb the growing threat of terrorism and ensuring the success of a new set of development goals to be adopted later this year will be the key priority of more than 700 MPs from 127 countries meeting in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, later this week. The MPs, including nearly 50 Speakers of Parliament, will take a wide range of decisions on issues that impact on global peace and security at the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly hosted by the Vietnamese Parliament on 28 March – 1 April.With the recent attacks in Tunis and Paris, the ongoing atrocities committed by... read more

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132nd IPU Assembly and related meetings
Hanoi, 28 March - 1 April

Use collective power of MPs for gender equality

Women parliamentarians from across the world are calling upon all MPs to use their individual and collective power to make gender equality a reality for all women and girls. Marking the 30th anniversary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Meeting of Women Parliamentarians, the women MPs are underscoring the enormous potential for change that MPs hold as legislators, representatives and overseers of government. A call to action - I am an MP. My power for women’s power - aims to harness the strength of the parliamentary collective to create a more gender equal world. In particular, the IPU meeting on 28th March in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, will stress the critical importance of men and women working together for world without discrimination. read more

Sluggish progress on women in politics

Women’s political participation has made progress over the years, but just not enough and not at a fast enough pace, IPU’s Women in Parliament: 20 years in Review and the IPU/UN Women map of Women in Politics 2015 has shown. In the 20 years since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action on women’s empowerment and gender equality, the percentage of women in parliament has nearly doubled to 22.1 per cent today and that of women Speakers has reached 15.8 per cent, but in both cases, gender parity remains a long way off. 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.


New York, 11 March 2015
Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Hanoi, 28 March - 1 April 2015
132nd Assembly and related meetings
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New York, 31 August - 2 September 2015
Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament