Three candidates, each from Africa, Asia and Europe, have been shortlisted by IPU’s Executive Committee to face an election for the post of IPU Secretary General. The candidates (in alphabetical order) are: current IPU Deputy Secretary General, Martin Chungong from Cameroon; former Secretary General of Parliamentarians for Global Action, Shazia Rafi from Pakistan, and former Belgian MP, Geert Versnick. IPU Members attending the 130th Assembly will vote for their preferred candidate during a session of the Governing Council on 20th March.
More than 715 parliamentarians from 141 countries will commit to efforts to make the world free from nuclear weapons and elect a new Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the130th IPU Assembly in Geneva. They will be just two of the several key decisions that IPU Members will be taking during the 16-20 March Assembly with significant implications on the world or the Organization. With more than 17,000 nuclear weapons believed to exist in the world and many on launch standby, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation remain an urgent priority in making the world a safer place. [read more]
The Women in Politics Map 2014 launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that while progress on women´s political participation continues to be largely positive across the world, glass ceilings remain firmly in place for women at the highest levels. The Map, which presents the latest data on women in executive government and in parliament, reveals similar regional trends in women´s representation in both spheres with the Americas, Europe and Africa outperforming the Arab, Asia and Pacific regions. [read more]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
GENEVA, 16-20 March