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Human Rights Abuses of MPs (2014)
Beyond numbers: the participation of indigenous peoples in parliament (2014)
125 years of democratic struggle for peace (2014)
HIV and AIDS in Burundi – Facing the challenges (2014)
Women in Politics: 2014 (poster)
Increasing Children's Access to HIV Treatment (2014)
The IPU Resolution on Women's and Children’s Health: An Initial Framework for Accountability Reporting (2013)
Parliamentary Oversight of International Loan Agreements & Related Processes (2013)
Model Act for the Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance (2013)
Social Media Guidelines for Parliaments (2013)
Highlights of the 2012 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO (2013)
Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments (2013)
Learning from Tanzanian MPs’ Leadership on HIV/AIDS (2012)
World e-Parliament Report 2012
Global Parliamentary Report (2012)
Women in Politics: 2012 (poster)
Briefs for parliamentarians on HIV and AIDS (2012)
The impact of political party control over the exercise of the parliamentary mandate (2011)
Gender sensitive Parliaments (2011)
Annual 2011 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO (2011)
The representation of minorities and indigenous peoples in parliament: A global overview (2010)
Diversity in parliament: Listening to the voices of minorities and indigenous peoples (2010)
Case studies on the representation of minorities and indigenous peoples in parliament (2010)
World e-Parliament Report 2010
Women in Politics: 2010 (poster)
Is Parliament Open to Women? An Appraisal (2010)
Report of the Third regional Conference of Women Parliamentarians of the GCC states (2009)
Parliaments Take Action on Violence against Women. Priority actions for Parliaments (2009)
Informing Democracy: Building capacity to meet parliamentarians' information and knowledge needs (2009)
A parliamentary response to violence against women (2009)
Guidelines for Parliamentary Websites – new edition (2009)
How to put an end to the practice of female genital mutilation? (2009)
Annual 2008 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO (2009)
Report of the Second Regional Conference of women parliamentrains of GCC States (2008)
Women and work (2008)
Evaluating parliament: A self-assessment toolkit for parliaments (2008)
Equality in politics: a survey of women and men in parliaments (2008)
Women in Politics: 2008 (poster)
World e-Parliament Report 2008 (2008)
Report of the World e-Parliament Conference (2007)
The Role of Parliamentary Committees in Mainstreaming Gender and Promoting the Status of Women (2007)
Law and Justice: The Case for Parliamentary Scrutiny (2007)
Annual 2006 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO (2007)
The challenge of broadcasting parliamentary proceedings (2007)


HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF MPs

Order form Download this infographic on the statistics and trends on human rights abuses of MPs during 2014 revealed through the work of IPU's Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.

This publication is only available in PDF format.
  Year of publication: 2014
Languages: English and French
PDF Version: English (200 Kb), French (208 Kb)


BEYOND NUMBERS: THE PARTICIPATION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN PARLIAMENT

Order form How can the issue of political participation of indigenous peoples be addressed if there is no information on how many indigenous people are formally involved in politics? This IPU survey has found that there are a minimum of 987 indigenous MPs in the world out of more than 44,000 parliamentarians. Eighty per cent of them are men. The survey has found, however, that political representation is not enough. Indigenous MPs’ involvement in parliamentary bodies with decision-making powers is critical.

This publication is only available in PDF format.
  Year of publication: 2014
Languages: English, French and Spanish
PDF Version: English (939 Kb), French (986 Kb), Spanish (1 Mb)


125 YEARS OF DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLE FOR PEACE

Order form 2014 is the 125th anniversary of the creation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 1889. This booklet retraces the main themes of the IPU over the years, including peace, democracy, gender equality and human rights. It highlights ways in which the organization has influenced, and continues to influence, international relations.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2014
Languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic
PDF Version: English (896 Kb), French (904 Kb), Spanish (914 Kb), Arabic (4.72 Mb)


HIV AND AIDS IN BURUNDI – FACING THE CHALLENGES

Order form IPU's Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS-MNCH undertook a field mission to Burundi in November 2013. The mission offered a series of recommendations on how to boost the country's fight against HIV and AIDS through parliamentary action. These included strengthening efforts on gender-sensitive policies and activity, reaching poor and marginalized people, caring for children orphaned by AIDS and enhancing coordination between key bodies and MPs. This report summarizes those recommendations and the main challenges faced by Burundi to tackle the epidemic.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2014
Languages: English and French
PDF Version: English (446 Kb), French (431 Kb)


WOMEN IN POLITICS: 2014 (POSTER)

Order form The poster is a "snapshot" of the presence of women in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government, in January 2014. The poster provides information on the percentage of women in ministerial ranks, women in parliaments, women in the highest decision-making bodies (women Presidents of States or Governments, women Presiding Officers of parliamentary bodies), as well as information on the ministerial portfolios held by women throughout the world. Borders are depicted and used on the map in order to present data. They are not the expression of any opinion concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2014
Languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic
PDF Version: English (980 Kb), French (1073 Kb), Spanish (1073 Kb), Arabic (1798 Kb)


INCREASING CHILDREN'S ACCESS TO HIV TREATMENT

Order form Thirty years into the HIV epidemic, children continue to be left behind when it comes to treatment of HIV. Despite the fact that children represent 1 out of every 7 new HIV infections, the rate of children diagnosed, enrolled, and retained in HIV treatment is lagging far behind that for adults. The IPU-EGPAF brief draws attention to the sometime gross treatment disparities between adults and children and recommends the parliamentary actions that have the potential to remedy the problem.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2014
Languages: English and French
Price: free of charge
PDF version: English (1.6 Mb), French (1.62 Mb).


THE IPU RESOLUTION ON WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH:
AN INITIAL FRAMEWORK FOR ACCOUNTABILITY REPORTING

Order form A year after the adoption of IPU’s landmark resolution on Access to Health as a Basic Right: The role of parliamentarians in addressing key challenges to securing the health of women and children, this report looks at how parliaments have taken follow-up action on addressing maternal, newborn and child health issues.
  Year of publication: 2013
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF version: English (1.57 Mb), French (1.63 Mb).


PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT OF INTERNATIONAL LOAN AGREEMENTS & RELATED PROCESSES

Order form This joint IPU-World Bank survey is the first attempt to paint a global picture of parliamentary oversight related to World Bank and IMF lending and related processes - such as the adoption of Poverty Reduction Strategies Papers (PRSPs) and IMF macroeconomic surveillance. Involving almost 100 developing countries, the study was carried out as part of IPU’s goal of improving development results by strengthening the accountability role of parliaments.
  Year of publication: 2013
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF version: English (0.58 Mb), French (0.59 Mb).


MODEL ACT FOR THE FACILITATION AND REGULATION OF INTERNATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF AND INITIAL RECOVERY ASSISTANCE

Order form The " Model Act for the Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance " is intended to assist countries to strengthen their legal preparedness for international disaster cooperation. The Model Act was developed over a two-year period as a collaboration between the IFRC, OCHA and IPU.
  Year of publication: 2013
Languages: Initially published in English, French and Spanish, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF version: English (2.8 Mb), French (2.46 Mb), Spanish (3 Mb)


SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR PARLIAMENTS

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You cannot wait for the people to come to parliament; you need to go where the people are. Today, the people are on social media. Increasingly, parliaments are there too. Social Media Guidelines for Parliaments draws on the experience of the ‘early starters’, the parliaments that have already joined the conversation. The guidelines offer practical advice for parliaments that are thinking about how to integrate social media into their outreach strategy. They also serve as a useful benchmark for parliaments that are already present on social media.

Produced in partnership with the Association of Secretaries General of Parliament, the IFLA Section on Libraries and Research Services for Parliaments and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.

Contens by sections Year of publication: 2013
Languages: Spanish (English and French versions are out of print)
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1.3 Mb), French (1.3 Mb) Spanish (1.3 Mb)


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2012 SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON THE WTO

Contens by sections The proceedings of the session, which took place on WTO premises in Geneva in November 2012 and was co-organized by the IPU and the European Parliament, are available exclusively on-line. Containing numerous photos, the publication includes full texts of main documents, speeches and presentations, as well as extracts of the debate.

To download the publication as a single PDF file, please use the links below. To download smaller-size files corresponding to individual sections of the publication, please use a menu available on a special page dedicated to the 2012 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO.
Contens by sections Year of publication: 2013
Languages: English and French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1996 Kb), French (2023 kb)


PLAN OF ACTION FOR GENDER-SENSITIVE PARLIAMENTS

Order form The Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments was adopted unanimously by the 127th IPU Assembly (Quebec City, October 2012). It is a key policy document for the IPU and its member Parliaments. It was drawn up following extensive consultation with IPU Members and takes account of the findings and recommendations of the IPU Global Survey on Gender-sensitive Parliaments: A Global review of good practice, published in 2011.

A gender-sensitive parliament is one that responds to the needs and interests of both men and women in its structures, methods and work. The Plan of Action is designed to support parliaments’ efforts to become more gender-sensitive institutions and offers a wide range of strategies in seven action areas that can be implemented by all parliaments.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2013
Languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (559 Kb), French (580 kb), Spanish (588 kb), Arabic (1293 kb), Japanese (671 kb)


LEARNING FROM TANZANIAN MPS' LEADERSHIP ON HIV/AIDS

Order form In 2012, the IPU Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS published a guide, Raising the Profile of HIV and AIDS in Your Parliament, which is intended to be a practical tool for parliamentarians who wish to organize themselves into cross-party groups and step up to the challenge that HIV presents. The Advisory Group believes that direct interaction with parliamentarians in their countries is the best way to put the guide into practice and inspire stronger parliamentary responses to HIV/AIDS. The Advisory Group field visit to Tanzania aims to do just that, as shown in its report.
  Year of publication: 2012
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (601 Kb), French (599 kb)


WORLD E-PARLIAMENT REPORT 2012

Order form The World e-Parliament Report 2012 documents the efforts of legislatures to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to support their constitutional functions. The Report is based on a survey conducted by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament between February and May 2012, with the participation of 156 parliaments. The Report examines major trends since the previous edition in 2010, and looks ahead to possible future developments.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2012
Languages: English, French and Spanish
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: Download from the website of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament


GLOBAL PARLIAMENTARY REPORT

Order form Public expectations of parliament are evolving, under the influence of information and communication technologies. Citizens are demanding greater accountability from their representatives. Parliaments are making efforts to engage with citizens more effectively, but the tangible impact on parliamentary work is rarely visible. Parliaments need to continually adapt and evolve in order to keep pace with changes in society.

The Global Parliamentary Report is a joint publication of the IPU and UNDP. It analyses parliamentary strategies and draws attention to good practices. The Annex contains data on the world's parliaments, and a companion web site provides interactive data maps and video clips.

For more information on the Global Parliamentary Report please visit our dedicated web pages

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2012
Languages: English, French and Spanish
Price: Free of charge


THE IMPACT OF POLITICAL PARTY CONTROL OVER THE EXERCISE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY MANDATE

Order form This paper summarizes the results of a worldwide survey on political party control over the exercise of the parliamentary mandate conducted in 2009-2010 by the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The notion of party control should be interpreted in a wider sense than loss of the parliamentary mandate by an MP as a result of conduct breaching party discipline. However, loss of the parliamentary seat is definitely the most severe consequence of the change of party membership or a breach of party discipline by an MP. The IPU survey therefore focused on this aspect. This paper follows the same approach, making excursions into the neighbouring areas only to the extent necessary, and offers some basic recommendations.
  Year of publication: 2011
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.


BRIEFS FOR PARLIAMENTARIANS ON HIV AND AIDS

Order form The briefs introduce priority issues requiring action by parliamentarians towards a world with zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. They accompany the IPU-UNAIDS-UNDP Handbook for parliamentarians, "Taking action against HIV and AIDS". The Handbook and the Briefs call for bold parliamentary leadership and serve as reference volumes that legislators and their staff can consult for information and guidance on a wide range of issues relating to the epidemic.

This briefs can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2011
Languages: English, French
Price: Free of charge
    PDF versions:
  • "Making the law work for the response to HIV": English (692 Kb), French (716 Kb), Russian (377 Kb)
  • "Towards an HIV-free generation: Ending the vertical transmission of HIV": English (596 Kb), French (610 Kb), Russian (668 Kb)


GENDER SENSITIVE PARLIAMENTS

Order form The Report on Gender sensitive Parliaments is the result of a two-year research project. It follows up on a previous IPU publication, Equality in Politics: A Survey of Women and Men in Parliaments (2008). That Survey had found that women were overwhelmingly the main drivers of progress in gender equality in parliament, but that parliaments, as institutions, must also shoulder their share of the responsibility. This finding begs the questions: What are parliaments doing to foster gender equality? What policies inform gender equality efforts? Are the institutional structures of parliaments around the world mindful of both men and women? In short, are parliaments gender-sensitive?

The Report seeks to provide answers to these questions. Simply put, a gender-sensitive parliament is one that responds to the needs and interests of both men and women in its structures, operations, methods and work. This publication not only provides an important assessment of the gender sensitivity of the world's parliaments, but also identifies key steps parliaments can take to become gender-sensitive institutions that contribute to the achievement of gender equality.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2011
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic
Price: Free of charge


WOMEN IN POLITICS: 2012 (POSTER)

Order form The poster is a "snapshot" of the presence of women in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government, in January 2012. The poster provides information on the percentage of women in ministerial ranks, women in parliaments, women in the highest decision-making bodies (women Presidents of States or Governments, women Presiding Officers of parliamentary bodies), as well as information on the ministerial portfolios held by women throughout the world. Borders are depicted and used on the map in order to present data. They are not the expression of any opinion concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
  Year of publication: 2012
Languages: Initially published in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (1.29 Mb), French (1.28 Mb), Spanish (1.27 Mb), Arabic (1.84 Mb), Russian (1.71 Mb), Chinese (5.48 Mb)


ANNUAL 2011 SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON THE WTO

Order form This illustrated booklet reports on the work of the annual 2011 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, which took place in March 2011 as a joint undertaking of the IPU and the European Parliament. The booklet includes speeches at the inuagural session, discussion papers, excerpts of the debate, description of side events and the text of the Declaration adopted at the end of the session.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2011
Languages: English, French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (2'050 Kb), French (2'179 Kb)


THE REPRESENTATION OF MINORITIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN PARLIAMENT: A GLOBAL OVERVIEW

Order form The Global overview contains an analysis of responses to a questionnaire sent to all national parliaments in 2009. The aim of the survey was to gain a better understanding of the nature of parliamentary inclusion of minorities and indigenous peoples and to provide a global overview of the state of minority representation in national legislatures. While some of the problems that individual parliaments face might be country-specific, there are a significant number of topics and themes that appear recurrent in different national contexts. Some common challenges arise with respect to issues of minority recognition and legal status, positive electoral measures, parliamentary procedures for addressing minority issues, policy accommodation of minority and indigenous groups, issues of media and civil society awareness.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2010
Languages: English and Spanish (French version is out of print)
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1.3 Mb), French (1.06 Mb), Spanish (1.05 Mb)


INTERVIEWS WITH PARLIAMENTARIANS. DIVERSITY IN PARLIAMENT: LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF MINORITIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Order form Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 35 parliamentarians between March and November 2009. Interviews were designed to gather data on (a) the ways in which members of minority and indigenous groups become parliamentarians, (b) the experiences of members of minority and indigenous groups serving in parliaments, (c) the ways in which parliaments include these groups in their work, and (d) how minority/indigenous representatives are able to make an effective and meaningful contribution to parliamentary work.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2010
Languages: English and Spanish (French version is out of print)
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (4.86 Mb), French (3.48 Mb), Spanish (3.51 Mb)


CASE STUDIES ON THE REPRESENTATION OF MINORITIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN PARLIAMENT

Order form Case studies aim to gather first hand experiences from parliaments on working methods, procedures, challenges and opportunities for working towards more inclusive parliaments. Interviews with leading actors inside and outside parliament inform the preparation of each case study.

Those publications can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2010
Languages: English and French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version:
Cambodia: English (798 Kb), French (876 Kb), Spanish (1.56 Mb)
Romania: English (801 Kb), French (866 Mb), Spanish (877 Kb)
Saami: English (974 Kb), French (980 Kb), Spanish (990 Kb)
Viet Nam: English (566 Kb), French (664 Kb), Spanish (652 Kb)


WORLD E-PARLIAMENT REPORT 2010

Order form The World e-Parliament Report intends to help legislatures to harness the potential benefits of ICT for their work and establish key goals and priorities for exploiting this valuable resource. The findings presented in the 2010 edition are based on data from 134 parliamentary assemblies. While providing evidence of the complexities of e-parliament, the Report suggests ways to overcome some of the obstacles to the effective use of technology in parliamentary settings. The Report was prepared by the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament and published by the IPU and the United Nations.
  Year of publication: 2010
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: Download from the website of the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament


WOMEN IN POLITICS: 2010 (POSTER)

Order form The poster is a "snapshot" of the presence of women in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government, in January 2010. It is published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, on the occasion of the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The poster provides information on the percentage of women in ministerial ranks, women in parliaments, women in the highest decision-making bodies (women Presidents of States or Governments, women Presiding Officers of parliamentary bodies), as well as information on the ministerial portfolios held by women throughout the world. Borders are depicted and used on the map in order to present data. They are not the expression of any opinion concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.
  Year of publication: 2010
Languages: Initially published in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic, this poster is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (299 Kb), French (705 Kb), Spanish (703 Kb), Chinese (3.18 Mb), Russian (896Kb), Arabic (2.14 Mb),

The 2012 edition of the map is available


IS PARLIAMENT OPEN TO WOMEN? AN APPRAISAL

Order form As part of its efforts to strengthen parliament’s capacity to promote gender equality, the IPU holds annual seminars for members of parliamentary bodies that deal with gender equality matters. The 2009 conference, Is Parliament Open to Women? An Appraisal, held in Geneva from 28-29 September, brought together around 80 parliamentarians from 38 countries. The conference appraised progress made in terms of women’s parliamentary participation across the world since the Beijing Conference. The objective of the meeting was to answer the question: is parliament open to women? As the readers of this report will discover, the answers to this ostensibly simple question are multifaceted and diverse. This publication contains the highlights of the experts' presentations, overviews of the debates and the summary and recommendations of the Rapporteur of the Conference.

The publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2010
Languages: English and French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (2.9 Mb), French (4.1 Mb),


REPORT OF THE THIRD REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF WOMEN PARLIAMENTARIANS OF GCC STATES

Order form The Third Annual Conference of Women Parliamentarians and Women in Political Decision-Making Positions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States took place in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, on 21 and 22 December 2008. Women members of parliament and women in politics from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen met to discuss partnership with the media and women’s associations This publication, available only in Arabic, is the final report of the Conference. It contains the experts' contributions, results of the debates, the summary and recommendations of the Conference as well as interviews with the participants.

The publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2009
Languages: Arabic
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: Arabic (1.41 Mb)


PARLIAMENTS TAKE ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. PRIORITY ACTIONS FOR PARLIAMENTS

Order form This brochure was designed for the IPU campaign Parliaments Take Action on Violence against Women. It focuses on six priority actions for parliaments identified as the principal elements and strategies likely to effectively contribute to putting an end to violence against women. It includes examples of parliamentary mechanisms and initiatives that have been taken to address this scourge, reflecting the diversity of national situations, experiences and measures which contribute to end violence against women.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2009
Languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1.66 Mb), French (1.82 Mb), Spanish (1.82 Mb), Arabic (1 Mb)


INFORMING DEMOCRACY: BUILDING CAPACITY TO MEET PARLIAMENTARIANS’ INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE NEEDS

Order form "Knowledge is power" runs the adage. During the Conference on 'Informing Democracy', held in October 2008, a participant completed it by adding “and we are trying to make very powerful MPs”. This aspiration is fundamental to the quality of parliamentary performance and the quality of democracy itself. The conference aimed at enhancing dialogue, mutual understanding and good practices among three segments of the parliamentary community – parliamentarians, Secretaries General and parliamentary library and research officers. The report of the conference identifies some of the numerous information challenges faced by parliamentarians, and by parliamentary libraries and research services in meeting their needs. It also points out ways in which parliaments are addressing these challenges, and sets out a path for greater international cooperation.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2009
Languages: English and French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1.34 Mb), French (1.17 Mb)


A PARLIAMENTARY RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Order form Part of the IPU's campaign and programme of work to tackle violence against women, the third Conference for members of parliamentary bodies dealing with gender equality was entitled A Parliamentary Response to Violence against Women.

Held in December 2008, the three-day event brought together members of parliament to take stock of the situation, discuss the various types of violence against women and debate concrete parliamentary initiatives that can be taken to combat such violence. Specific attention was paid to legislative frameworks and effective enforcement. More than 20 presentations and case studies were presented by experts. This publication contains the highlights of the experts' presentations, overviews of the debates and the summary and recommendations of the Rapporteur of the Conference.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2009
Languages: English and French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1.38 Mb), French (1.59 Mb)


GUIDELINES FOR PARLIAMENTARY WEBSITES – NEW EDITION

Order form The Guidelines published by IPU in 2000 helped many parliaments to set up or develop their website. Now almost every parliament in the world is present online. Today's challenge is to make the most effective use of the Internet to enhance the relation between parliaments and citizens. The new edition of the Guidelines offers guidance on how to use the key elements of a successful website – content, tools, design, management – in the parliamentary context. The revised Guidelines take into account changes in technology and lessons learned since 2000, and have been prepared in cooperation with the United Nations and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2009
Languages: English, French and Spanish
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (253 Kb), French (265 Kb), Spanish (260 Kb),


HOW TO PUT AN END TO THE PRACTICE OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION?

Order form Every 10 seconds, somewhere in the world, a little girl is a victim of genital mutilation. Three million girls are excised every year. To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM on 6 February 2008, more than 100 representatives of international organizations, civil society, media, diplomatic missions and the local authorities in Geneva gathered at The House of Parliaments to discuss ways of putting an end to this harmful practice. The IPU, the Département des Institutions de l’Etat de Genève (Geneva Department of Institutions), the International Organization for Migration and the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices decided to join forces to put an end to this human tragedy. This publication contains the experts' contributions, extracts of the debates and conclusions of the seminar, as well as an interview with a former Speaker of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso, who is also a traditional chief, and the Declaration of the Conference “Violence against Women, Abandoning FGM” held in Dakar (Senegal) in 2005.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2009
Languages: English and French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1'563 Kb), French (1'582 Kb)


ANNUAL 2008 SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON THE WTO Order form

This illustrated booklet reports on the work of the annual 2008 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, which took place in September 2008 and was a joint undertaking of the IPU and the European Parliament. The booklet includes speeches at the inuagural session, discussion papers, excerpts of the debate, description of side events and the text of the Declaration adopted at the end of the session.
  Year of publication: 2009
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (2'830 Kb), French (2'911 Kb)


REPORT OF THE SECOND REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF WOMEN PARLIAMENTARIANS OF GCC STATES

Order form The Second Annual Conference of Women Parliamentarians and Women in Political Decision-Making Positions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States took place in Abu Dhabi on 30 and 31 October 2007. Women parliamentarians and women in politics from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen came together to discuss how to enhance women legislators' input in parliament. Women's political participation, the challenges facing GCC women in decision-making positions and gender mainstreaming in parliament were among the main issues raised by the Conference. This publication, available only in Arabic, is the final report of the Conference. It contains the experts' contributions, results of the debates and the summary and recommendations of the Rapporteur of the Conference.

  Year of publication: 2008
Languages: Initially published in Arabic, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: Arabic (2 Mb)


WOMEN AND WORK

Order form As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity of parliaments to promote gender equality and respect for women's rights, the IPU organised its second meeting of members of parliamentary bodies dealing with gender issues in Geneva, in December 2007.
Women and Work was the general topic of this second Seminar, which was organised by the IPU in cooperation with the International Labour Organisation and was also open to parliamentary bodies dealing with labour issues. It brought together members of parliament to discuss ways and means of identifying key priority areas for action and parliamentary initiatives and strategies to achieve equality between men and women on the labour market. This publication contains the experts' contributions, extracts of the debates and the summary and recommendations of the Rapporteur of the seminar.
  Year of publication: 2008
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (1.27 Mb), French (1.41 Mb)


EVALUATING PARLIAMENT: A SELF-ASSESSMENT TOOLKIT FOR PARLIAMENTS

Order form This self-assessment toolkit invites parliaments to evaluate their democratic performance against a set of criteria based on the core values set out in IPU’s ground breaking study Parliament and democracy in the twenty-first century: A guide to good practice. The purpose is not to rank parliaments. It is to help parliaments to identify their strengths and weaknesses against international criteria, in order to determine priorities for strengthening the parliamentary institution.

The publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2008
Languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (635 Kb), French (631 Kb), Spanish (643 Kb), Arabic (571 Kb)


EQUALITY IN POLITICS: A SURVEY OF WOMEN AND MEN IN PARLIAMENTS

Order form This publication is the result of survey research conducted by the IPU between 2006 and 2008. It collates insights from both men and women parliamentarians into the factors that shape decision making. It provides concrete examples of how parliamentarians are working to attain gender equality in politics at the national level, and how parliaments can become more gender-sensitized. Survey respondents also identify several structural changes that could help to promote women’s access to and full participation in parliament.

The publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2008
Languages: Spanish (English and French version are out of print)
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (1'710 Kb), French (1'820 Kb), Spanish (1'601 Kb)

Summary documents of the Survey are also available:
Booklet: English (200 Kb), French (219 Kb)
Chart: English (89 Kb), French (95Kb)


WOMEN IN POLITICS: 2008 (POSTER)

Order form The poster is a "snapshot" of the presence of women in the Executive and Legislative branches of Government, in January 2008. It is published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, on the occasion of the 52nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The poster provides information on the percentage of women in ministerial ranks, women in parliaments, women in the highest decision-making bodies (women Presidents of States or Governments, women Presiding Officers of parliamentary bodies), as well as information on the ministerial portfolios held by women throughout the world. Borders are depicted and used on the map in order to present data. They are not the expression of any opinion concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers or boundaries.

  Year of publication: 2008
Languages: Initially published in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, this poster is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (843 Kb), French (828 Kb), Spanish (837 Kb), Arabic (948 Kb), Russian (1.1 Mb), Chinese (2.17 Mb)

The 2010 edition of the map is available


WORLD E-PARLIAMENT REPORT 2008

Order form The World e-Parliament Report 2008 represents a first effort to establish a baseline of how parliaments are using, or planning to use ICT to help them fulfill their responsibilities and to connect to their constituencies. The Report is based on the responses and comments provided by 105 assemblies from around the world to a survey on the use of ICT in parliament conducted between July and November 2007. It also draws on experiences exchanged during the World e-Parliament Conference 2007 and relevant publicly available information. The WePR 2008 is a joint product of UNDESA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament.

  Year of publication: 2008
Languages:Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
Zipped PDF Version: English (4'008 Kb), French (3'960 Kb)


REPORT OF THE WORLD E-PARLIAMENT CONFERENCE 2007 AND RELATED MEETINGS

Order form The World e-Parliament Conference 2007 took place in Geneva on 11 October 2007. The event, jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments, through the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, brought together 70 delegations from around the world composed of members of parliament, secretaries general, ICT directors and staff, librarians, research and legislative officials to exchange experiences on the use of ICT in parliament. The Report of the Conference includes a summary of the presentations, of practices and innovative experiences showcased during the events, as well as the discussion paper that served as a guideline throughout the series of meetings.

  Year of publication: 2008
Languages:Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (2'121 Kb), French (1'808 Kb)


THE ROLE OF PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES IN MAINSTREAMING GENDER AND PROMOTING THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Order form As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity of parliaments to promote gender equality and respect for women’s rights, the IPU organised a first seminar of parliamentary bodies dealing with gender issues in Geneva, in December 2006. The seminar brought together members of parliament from 36 countries to discuss ways and means of enhancing the work of their committees in addressing gender issues. This publication contains the experts' contributions, extracts of the debates and the summary and recommendations of the Rapporteur of the seminar.

The publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
Order form Year of publication: 2007
Languages: English and French
Price: Free of charge
PDF Version: English (2'487 Kb), French (2'527 Kb)


LAW AND JUSTICE: THE CASE FOR PARLIAMENTARY SCRUTINY

Order form As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity of parliaments to promote and protect human rights, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists and the Association for the Prevention of Torture, organized this seminar, which was held from 25 to 27 September 2006 at IPU Headquarters, to address the question of due administration of justice and the contribution parliaments can make in this respect.

Members of parliamentary human rights bodies and specialized parliamentary committees on justice and internal affairs from over 40 countries exchanged views and identified ways in which parliaments can promote and help safeguard the due administration of prisons, the independence of the Judiciary, the right to fair trial and the rights of accused, detainees and prisoners. The brochure contains the experts' contributions, extracts of the debates and summary and recommendations of the Rapporteur of the seminar.
  Year of publication: 2007
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (1'133 Kb), French (1'212 Kb)


ANNUAL 2006 SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON THE WTO

Order form This illustrated booklet reports on the work of the annual 2006 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, which took place in December 2006 and was a joint undertaking of the IPU and the European Parliament. The booklet includes speeches at the inuagural session, discussion papers, excerpts of the debate, description of side events and the text of the Declaration adopted at the end of the session.

 

 

Year of publication: 2007
Languages: Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (1'322 Kb), French (1'364 Kb)


THE CHALLENGE OF BROADCASTING PARLIAMENTARY PROCEEDINGS

Order form This illustrated booklet reports on the work of the Conference on broadcasting of parliamentary business through dedicated TV channels and public broadcasting systems, held in Geneva on 19 October 2006. The Conference was convened by the IPU, the European Broadcasting Union and the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments.

This publication can be ordered from the IPU Secretariat.
  Year of publication: 2007
Languages:Initially published in English and French, this publication is out of print and no longer available but can be downloaded in PDF format.
PDF Version: English (1'672 Kb), French (1'439 Kb)


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