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World's young MPs tackle conflict and economic crisis

An IPU conference in Tokyo will bring together young MPs from around the world to identify solutions to key global issues that impact heavily on youth. More than 180 young MPs, including 66 women, will attend the IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians at the Japanese parliament, the National Diet, on 27 and 28 May. The Conference is an annual global youth-led political platform to define policies and action to tackle the challenges faced by young people. The focus of the Tokyo conference will be on democracy, peace and prosperity. read more

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Mário Saeno Fambe, MP, Guinea Bissau
"I became a politician to make positive changes for the people of my country."
Sophie Moulengui Mouele, MP, Gabon
"I am in politics to serve others and achieve equality for all."
Bernd Fabritius, MP, Germany
"My goal is to combat discrimination and to strengthen democracy worldwide."

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Endorsing and implementing Common Principles for Support to Parliament

Nearly 80 national parliaments, parliamentary assemblies and partner organizations have now endorsed the ground-breaking Common Principles for Support to Parliament aimed at improving the quality of parliamentary development support. A formal endorsement ceremony at IPU’s 132nd Assembly in Hanoi last month witnessed a surge in endorsements. With an ever increasing level of support for the Common Principles, the challenge now is to ensure they are effectively put into practice.  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.

Tokyo, 27-28 May 2015
IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians in Tokyo

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

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