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Engaging parliamentary staff in the work of the IPU

Every year, we hold an information seminar for senior parliamentary staff who serve as Secretaries of IPU Groups within Member Parliaments or are otherwise actively engaged in inter-parliamentary work. The seminar aims to provide the staff with an in-depth knowledge of the IPU, its functioning and main activities. It facilitates their work in assisting their parliaments on all matters relating to the IPU and inter-parliamentary cooperation. The seminar took place from 16 to 19 May at the IPU headquarters in Geneva. Parliamentary staff from a total of 27 countries attended. Sessions included an overview of the IPU’s history and key developments... read more

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136th IPU Assembly and related meetings (Dhaka 1-5 April)
Engaging parliamentary staff in the work of the IPU
Parliaments need to act on climate change
Study on climate change legislation and litigation launched at Bonn Climate Conference
Building a bridge between science and policy: IPU side event at the 70th World Health Assembly
Vietnamese Ambassador discusses upcoming regional conference on SDG implementation with IPU Secretary General
Finnish Parliament organizes meeting on gender-sensitive parliaments

Parliaments need to act on climate change

Parliaments should take stronger action on climate change through their legislative and oversight roles. This was one of the conclusions of a high-level regional seminar, which was jointly organized by the IPU and the National Assembly of Viet Nam in Ho Chi Minh City from 11 to 13 May. The seminar aimed at helping parliaments in the Asia-Pacific region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussions focused on climate change, which according to Tòng Thị Phóng, Vice Chairperson of the National Assembly, is one of the most serious threats to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. She said that environmental degradation and disaster risk need to be part of parliamentary engagement on climate change... read more

Study on climate change legislation and litigation launched at Bonn Climate Conference

Countries across the globe have adopted more than 1,200 laws to limit climate change—an impressive rise from only 60 laws two decades ago. Low-income countries have been particularly active on the issue. Courts are complementing the actions of legislators through rulings on the implementation of existing climate laws, and two-thirds of their rulings have either strengthened or maintained climate change regulation. These are some of the key findings from a study entitled Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation, launched on 9 May during the Conference on Climate Change 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.


Geneva, 29 May 2017
Parliamentary meeting at the 70th World Health Assembly

Bucarest, 12-14 June 2017
Regional Conference on Violence against Women and Girls for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions

Ouagadougou, 27-29 June 2017
Regional seminar for Western and Central African parliaments on promoting child nutrition