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Halting spread of WMDs in Africa

IPU and the Parliament of Côte d’Ivoire are organizing a workshop to deliver vital information on how parliaments can stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).  The event will give MPs from across Africa practical training on the risks posed by WMDs, the role of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 in dealing with the threat, and the pivotal role of parliaments in implementing the resolution.   It is being organized in partnership with the 1540 Committee, which oversees implementation of the resolution, and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. read more

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Halting spread of WMDs in Africa
IPU missions to push for progress on MPs human rights cases
Action on drugs to be focus of IPU-UN parliamentary event
Stage set for TEDx Transforming Lives event
Major health promotion role for IPU President
Kenya community events boost gender equality target

IPU missions to push for progress on MPs human rights cases

The Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians will carry out several human rights missions in the coming months to push for progress on cases involving the abuses of the human rights of MPs. In a range of decisions adopted by the IPU Committee during a three-day meeting on cases concerning a group of 40 MPs, priority has been given to missions to Cambodia, the Maldives and Venezuela. A mission to Cambodia in mid-February will investigate an increasing number of cases, including last...  read more

Action on drugs to be focus of IPU-UN parliamentary event

The world drug problem and how to address it will be the focus of a major parliamentary hearing at the United Nations in New York on 8-9 February. Hundreds of MPs from around the world will attend the event, which will be opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, IPU President Saber Chowdhury, UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft, and UN Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director Yuri Fedotov. The hearing, “The World Drug Problem: Taking Stock and Strengthening the Global Response”, will review what progress parliaments have made on the issue since a plan of action on illegal drugs was adopted by governments in 2009.  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, 8 and 9 February 2016
Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations

ABIDJAN , 22-23 February 2016
Seminar for African parliaments on the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1540

LUSAKA , 16-17 March 2016
The IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians

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