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Geopolitical groups play an important role in the functioning of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Each group decides on its own working methods that best suit its participation in the activities of the Union and informs the Secretariat of its composition, the names of its officers, and its rules of procedure.

As stipulated in Article 27.2 of the Statutes of the Union, those Members that belong to more than one geopolitical group should inform the Secretary General which geopolitical Group they represent for the purposes of submitting candidatures for positions within the Union.

Click on the name of any of the following six geopolitical groups that are currently active in the IPU to see its respective composition and contact details:

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Please note that some IPU members are not affiliated to any of these geopolitical groups.

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 AFRICAN GROUP (48 members) Updated on 15 April 2016

  Algeria, Angola
Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi
Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti
Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia
Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Lesotho, Libya
Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique
Namibia, Niger, Nigeria
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan
Togo, Tunisia
Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania
Zambia, Zimbabwe
Africa

CONTACT Chairperson: Mr. Richard Auguste Onouviet
President of the National Assembly, Gabon

Coordinator: Mr. N'ZI Koffi
Secretary General, African Parliamentary Union
30, Bd. Roume
B.P. V314
Abidjan
Côte d'Ivoire
Fax: +225 20 30 44 05, +225 20 30 44 09
Tel.: +225 20 30 39 70, +225 20 30 39 74
E-mail: upa1@aviso.ci, upa2@aviso.ci

 ARAB GROUP (20 members) Updated on 16 April 2016

  Algeria
Bahrain
Comoros
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon, Libya
Mauritania, Morocco
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
Arab

CONTACT President: Mr. Nabih Berry
Speaker of the National Assembly of Lebanon

Coordinator: Mr. Fayez Al Shawabkeh
Secretary General, Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union
National Assembly
Place de l’Etoile
Beirut
Lebanon
Fax: +9611 955 800, +9611 955 434
Tel.: +9611 955 799, +9611 955 855
E-mail: info@arabipu.org, arab.ipu@gmail.com

 ASIA-PACIFIC GROUP (32 members) Updated on 22 February 2016

  Afghanistan, Australia
Bangladesh, Bhutan
Cambodia, Canada, China
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Fiji
India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Japan
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Myanmar
Nepal, New Zealand
Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines
Republic of Korea
Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka
Thailand, Timor-Leste
Viet Nam
Asia-Pacific

CONTACT Chairperson: Hon. Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, MP
Speaker of the People's Majlis, Republic of Maldives

Secretary: Mr. Abdul Hameed Zakariyya
Head, Foreign Relations
People's Majlis
Male' 20080
Republic of Maldives
Tel.: +960 301 0525
Mobile: +960 777 3888
E-mail: hameedzak@majlis.gov.mv

 EURASIA GROUP (7 members) Updated on 10 July 2015

  Armenia
Belarus
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation
Tajikistan
Eurasia

CONTACT Chairperson: Ms. Valentina Petrenko
Member of the Council of the Federation
Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Secretary: Mr. Mikhail Tkachenko
Deputy Division Head, International Department
Council of the Federation
Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 26
103426 Moscow
Phone: +7495 697 77 98
Fax: +7495 697 98 40
E-mail: cfipo@yandex.ru

 GROUP OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (23 members) Updated on 15 April 2016

  Argentina
Bolivia, Brazil
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador, El Salvador
Guatemala, Guyana
Haiti, Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama, Paraguay, Peru
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela
Latin American

CONTACTPresident: Diputado Roberto León
Avda. Pedro Montt s/n
Valparaiso
Chile
Tel.: + 56 32 250 54 86
Fax: + 56 32 250 54 88
E-mail: rleon@robertoleon.cl
cc. jpeillard@congreso.cl

Vice-President: Senator Juan Manuel Galan (Colombia)

Sr. Oscar Piquinela
GRULAC Secretary
Lic. Carina Galvasi
Asistente de la secretaria del GLULAC
Cámara de Representantes
Palacio Legislativo
Av. de las Leyes
Montevideo, Uruguay
Fax: +598 2924 8774
Tel.: +598 2924 8686, +598 2924 8119
Mobile: +598 9968 5810
E-mail: ipuuru@parlamento.gub.uy
Website: http://www.secretariagrulacuip.org

 TWELVE PLUS GROUP (47 members) Updated on 28 October 2014

  Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria
Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria
Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland, France
Georgia, Germany, Greece
Hungary
Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy
Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Malta, Monaco, Montenegro
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway
Poland, Portugal
Romania
San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey
Ukraine, United Kingdom

Observers: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, European Parliament

Twelve-plus

CONTACT Chair: Mr. Philippe Mahoux, Senator (Belgium)

Secretary: Mr. Marc De Rouck
Secretary of the Belgian Inter-Parliamentary Group
Natieplein 1
1009 Brussels
Belgium

Fax: +322 501 7216
Tel.: +322 501 7425 / +322 501 7289
E-mail: mdr@senate.be
Web site: http://12plus.net

 UNAFFILIATED (1) Updated on 11 April 2013

  Azerbaijan