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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
468
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
Latest news from the IPU
Voices
Equality for all

10 Ways to Improve Gender Equality at the UN

Gender equality is vital to realizing human rights for all; without it we have no hope of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Yet no country has achieved full gender equality. When it comes to women’s participation in parliament globally,
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Press releases
Afghan refugees

Regional parliamentary consultations on the predicament of refugees

Hosted by the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), and organized by the IPU in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the African Regional Parliamentary Conference on Comprehensive Responses to Refugee Situations – Effective Parliamentary Approaches , took place
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Statements

IPU calls for reconciliation on Cambodia’s Independence Day

The IPU congratulates Cambodia on its national day 9 November. It urges the Cambodian authorities to promote reconciliation and peaceful interaction between all political forces, including opposition leaders, in the interests of strengthening democracy that delivers for all the people
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News in brief
child nutrition

MPs pledge action on nutrition at SUN Global Gathering

Parliamentarians from 20 countries participating in the 2019 Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Global Gathering in Nepal have jointly signed a pledge where they commit to take action on nutrition. The parliamentarians have committed to encouraging their respective governments to
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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
Highlights
Photo: Adam Jones/CCBY
The Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law advocates for the protection of civilians and combatants in conflict around the world through the adoption and ratification of relevant laws and treaties.
Seminar
CDMX, Mexico
The IPU and the School of Social Sciences and Government of Tecnológico de Monterrey are offering members of parliament from around the world an executive education course tailored to their needs.
Nov 25 2019
Voices
IPU President

Inclusive parliaments are democracy’s best hope

Opinion piece by Gabriela Cuevas, President of the IPU, on the occasion of International Day of Democracy on 15 September 2019.
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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.