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IPU Secretary General calls for ongoing efforts to strengthen democracy in Benin

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong was invited to address the opening ceremony of the second regular session of the National Assembly of Benin by the Speaker, Mr. Houngbédji, who is committed to strengthening cooperation between the Parliament and the IPU. Mr. Chungong commended Benin’s vibrant democracy and called upon the country’s parliamentarians to build a stronger, more effective parliament working in partnership with the Executive. read more

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IPU Secretary General calls for ongoing efforts to strengthen democracy in Benin
Statement by the IPU President, Visit to Ankara
IPU Secretary General congratulates Egyptian Parliament on its 150th anniversary
IPU Secretary General welcomes new Ambassadors from Bulgaria, Israel and Togo
15 September is the International Day of Democracy
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Statement by the IPU President, Visit to Ankara

I am pleased to be in Ankara today, at the invitation of Mr. Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. We have had substantive and productive discussions, and I very much look forward to our cooperation ahead. I have also had the opportunity to exchange views with a number of other senior parliamentary officials, including the Chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Men and Women, the Chair of the Committee on Human Rights Inquiry and the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the July 15 Coup Attempt. read more

IPU Assembly to highlight parliaments as early responders to human rights abuses

MPs from 138 countries will convene next week in Geneva to determine among other issues specific ways in which parliaments can respond effectively to serious human rights violations and their underlying causes, including human rights situations likely to lead to conflict. Meeting at the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly (24-27 October), more than 700 MPs, including 67 Speakers of Parliament and 41 Deputy Speakers, will attend this global parliamentary conference to address the role of parliaments as early responders to human rights abusesread 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, 23-27 October 2016
135th IPU Assembly and related meetings

MARRAKESH, 13 November 2016
Parliamentary Meeting on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22/CMP12)

NADI (Fiji), 16-18 November 2016
Regional seminar on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals through a human rights perspective (for Parliaments of the Pacific region)

NAIROBI, 29 November 2016
Parliamentary Meeting at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation