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Parliamentary leaders’ summit pledges to reconnect people and democracy

Parliamentary leaders from nearly 140 countries have pledged to do their utmost to reconnect people with democracy in an ambitious and far-reaching declaration adopted at the end of a three-day global summit in New York. More than 170 Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliament at the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament acknowledged that extraordinary efforts would be needed to build a world that people want by turning the tide against the many challenges that undermine democracy, peace and development.  read more

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Baleka Mbete, President of the National Assembly of South Africa. ©UN Photo
Tsetska Tsacheva, Speaker of the National Assembly of Bulgaria ©IPU
Anne Makinda, Speaker of the National Assembly of the United Republic of Tanzania ©IPU
Jennifer Geerlings-Simons, Speaker of the National Assembly of Suriname ©IPU
4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament
New York, 31 August - 2 September

Women Speakers of Parliament define agenda for equality within a generation

Female Speakers of Parliament from around the world have called for action on gender equality to be dramatically scaled up through collective action. At the conclusion of a two-day meeting on “Innovating for gender equality” at UN Headquarters in New York, women Speakers underlined the strength of unity of thought and action as a powerful agent for change to achieve gender equality within one generation. Swift progress could also only be possible by challenging and changing mindsets that perpetuate attitudes, cultural practices and beliefs that drive inequalities. In addition to communicating more effectively on gender equality and working closely with communities, the Speakers identified gender equality education of girls and boys as an urgent priority. read more

Chinese funding to help IPU support new development agenda

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has welcomed the decision by China to provide US$ 1.5 million in new funding to the Organization in its work to strengthen parliaments and better prepare them for the implementation of the new sustainable development agenda. The funds will be mainly used to help develop the capacity of parliamentarians in developing countries to tackle the many challenges they face in fulfilling their role as legislators, representatives of their people and overseers of government. The soon-to-be adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include the need to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, such as parliaments. Ensuring they are fit for purpose in the implementation of the SDGs will be critical for the eventual success of the goals. 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.

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New York, 29 - 30 August 2015
10th Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament

New York, 31 August - 2 September 2015
Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

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Geneva, 17 - 21 October 2015
133rd IPU Assembly and related meetings

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