IPU is redesigning its website. Visit beta.ipu.org ››

Latest News

IPU launches global campaign for stronger democracies

At a time when democracy is under attack in many parts of the world, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is launching a global campaign involving governments, parliaments, civil society, academics and ordinary citizens for stronger democracy. To mark the dual milestones this year of the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Democracy on 15 September and the 20th anniversary of the adoption of IPU’s Universal Declaration on Democracy, the IPU campaign, Get engaged now, calls for people to take action to strengthen democracy. Such actions can mean voting in elections, speaking out against human rights violations, opposing restrictive laws on freedom of expression and joining a civil society organization. read more

slider slider slider slider slider slider
136th IPU Assembly and related meetings (Dhaka 1-5 April)
IPU launches global campaign for stronger democracies
Young parliamentarians want to boost youth participation in Africa
Stop the violence and forced displacement of the Rohingya
IPU concerned about the flawed justice in Mongolian MP’s assassination case
IPU reiterates calls on Venezuelan authorities to end attempts to undermine the National Assembly and harass its members
Gearing up for the International Day of Democracy

Young parliamentarians want to boost youth participation in Africa

In Africa, young people under 30 make up approximately 70 per cent of the population, yet IPU research shows that less than 1.5 per cent of them are MPs. Although this is often due to perceptions such as a lack of experience, a more concrete barrier in many African countries is the age limit for holding elected office. For democracy to be effective, decision-making must be inclusive. Involving young people gives them a sense of ownership of public affairs and strengthens public policy. read more

Stop the violence and forced displacement of the Rohingya

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is gravely concerned about the continuing violence, intimidation and forced displacement of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Reports of documented widespread cruelty against Rohingya children, women and men and the ensuing massive exodus into neighbouring Bangladesh are very disconcerting. The IPU is particularly worried about the dire conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh. In a joint statement, the President, Saber Chowdhury, and Secretary General, Martin Chungong, condemn these human rights violations and stress the Myanmar State authorities’ responsibility to protect all the people living in the country. 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, 26 September 2017
Parliamentary session within the framework of the annual WTO Public Forum

Abudja, 27-28 September 2017
Regional Conference for Young Parliamentarians in Africa

ST. PETERSBURG, 14-18 October 2017
137th Assembly and related meetings
Online registration