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The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments.

We empower parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development.

Data points:

IPU member parliaments
179
countries are members of the IPU
Women in parliament
24.5%
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
28.1%
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
366
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
From a small group of parliamentarians in 1889 to the global organization of parliaments, discover 130 years of history in our online exhibition and timeline
Latest news from the IPU
Press releases
Youth at the IPU

Future Policy Award 2019 crowns eight best policies empowering youth

Policies from Rwanda, Estonia, United Kingdom, Nepal, South Africa and Senegal are among this year’s winners of the “oscars" for best policies.
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Press releases
Belgrade skyline

#IPU141 Assembly in Serbia sets out to strengthen international law

Over 1700 parliamentarians and UN and civil society partners from around the world will meet in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13 to 17 October for the 141st IPU Assembly.
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News in brief
Climate change in Zambia

Promoting parliamentary engagement on climate change in Zambia

The IPU, the National Assembly of Zambia and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) organized a climate change workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, on 22 July 2019 to support parliamentarians in their role to translate the international targets of the
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News in brief
Martin Chungong at MeToo conference in Iceland

IPU invited to present at first major international #MeToo conference

Three years after the start of the #MeToo movement, Iceland recently hosted the first major international conference on the impact of gender-based violence, harassment and discrimination with the objective of “relegating sexual harassment to history”. Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, presented the IPU’s landmark work on sexism and violence against women in parliaments.
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Highlights
Photo: © Reuters
Every year, many MPs around the world face abuse, mistreatment or even death. Our Committee on the Human Rights of MPs seeks to protect and defend them.
Parliaments all over the world are celebrating the IPU's 130th anniversary. Discover what Members are doing here.
Assembly
Belgrade, Serbia
The 141st Assembly of the IPU will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13-17 October 2019. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians as well as the Forum of Women
Oct 13 2019
Based on interviews with female MPs and parliamentary staff, this report documents a range of sexist behaviour in European parliaments.
News in brief
Video: 130 years of IPU history in 130 seconds

Video: 130 years of IPU history in 130 seconds

Discover 130 years of IPU history in this 130-second video. What began in 1889 as a small group of parliamentarians, dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue, has since grown into the global organization of national parliaments. By
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Our impact
We help strengthen parliaments to make them more effective and representative.
We work to increase women’s representation in parliament and empower women MPs.
We defend the human rights of parliamentarians and help them uphold the rights of all.
We help parliaments fight terrorism, cyber warfare and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
We create the global space for parliamentary diplomacy, dialogue and networking.
We encourage youth participation in parliaments and empower young MPs.
We support parliaments in implementing the SDGs with a particular focus on health and climate change.
We bring a parliamentary dimension to United Nations processes to ensure international commitments become national realities.