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IPU welcomes new water-sharing deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) applauds the new agreement between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan to deliver water to drought-stricken Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza. We acknowledge the contributions of all participating governments, including the US, to address this longstanding humanitarian issue. The five-year pipeline project will move water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. It will deliver 22 million cubic metres of water to the occupied West Bank, and some 10 million will go to Gaza. read more

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136th IPU Assembly and related meetings (Dhaka 1-5 April)
IPU welcomes new water-sharing deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority
Learning Series for Myanmar MPs on human rights
MPs from Middle East find innovative solutions to regional water issues
IPU condemns attack on Parliament and MPs in Venezuela
Regional seminar on promoting child nutrition held in Burkina Faso
Rwandan Parliament reaches out to religious leaders on civil registration and statistics

Learning Series for Myanmar MPs on human rights

Fair and democratic societies are built on human rights and the rule of law, and MPs have a vital role in ensuring that these rights are upheld. However, MPs can only take up this role if they are allowed to work without fear of reprisal. Between 1991 and 2017, the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians examined over 260 cases of violations of the rights of Myanmar MPs. These cases were closed in January 2017. To raise awareness on the role of Parliament to promote and protect human rights, the Parliament of Myanmar (Hluttaw) and the IPU, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), organized an introductory seminar on the role of Parliament to promote and protect human rights. read more

MPs from Middle East find innovative solutions to regional water issues

Members of Parliament from the Middle East, including Israel and Palestine, have declared that access to clean water should not be politicized and should not be used as a weapon in regional conflicts. In a second roundtable, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) Committee on Middle East Questions, MPs from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and the United Arab Emirates have also agreed concrete measures to tackle the water crisis that threatens to further aggravate regional instability. The areas earmarked for action include: mapping those communities most threate... read more

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WROXTON, 29-30 July 2017
13th Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians

Beijing, 5-7 September 2017
Second interregional seminar on parliamentary capacity-building and the further implementation of the SDGs

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