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MPs make terrorism and future of sustainable development their global priority

Finding ways to curb the growing threat of terrorism and ensuring the success of a new set of development goals to be adopted later this year will be the key priority of more than 700 MPs from 127 countries meeting in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, later this week. The MPs, including nearly 50 Speakers of Parliament, will take a wide range of decisions on issues that impact on global peace and security at the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly hosted by the Vietnamese Parliament on 28 March – 1 April.With the recent attacks in Tunis and Paris, the ongoing atrocities committed by... read more

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Suzi Carla Barbosa, MP, Guinea Bissau
"I want to give women a voice and improve our legislation on women’s and children’s rights."
Luis Fernando Duque García, MP, Colombia
"Politics is a calling to serve the most disadvantaged."
Sabine de Béthune, MP, Belgium
"I want to work for equality of opportunity for all."
Sergiy Grynevetskyi, MP, Ukraine
"The role of parliamentarians is to provide national safety."
Kathy, MP, Madagascar
"I am in politics to improve my people’s lives, listen to them, pass on their concerns, speak on their behalf and enact legislation to promote change and development."

Strongest political support needed for disaster risk reduction

MPs from across the world led by IPU President Saber Chowdhury have called for coherence among international agreements and action plans due to be adopted during the year on disaster risk reduction, sustainable development and climate change in order to make people and the planet more resilient. Taking part in a parliamentary meeting ahead of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan (14-18 March), the MPs took note of the progress that had been made since the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action in reducing disaster risk, including the saving of lives in some types of disasters and a growth in national and regional legislation on the issue. read more

Sluggish progress on women in politics

Women’s political participation has made progress over the years, but just not enough and not at a fast enough pace, IPU’s Women in Parliament: 20 years in Review and the IPU/UN Women map of Women in Politics 2015 has shown. In the 20 years since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action on women’s empowerment and gender equality, the percentage of women in parliament has nearly doubled to 22.1 per cent today and that of women Speakers has reached 15.8 per cent, but in both cases, gender parity remains a long way off. 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.

New York, 11 March 2015
Parliamentary meeting on the occasion of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Hanoi, 28 March - 1 April 2015
132nd Assembly and related meetings
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New York, 31 August - 2 September 2015
Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament