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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
News in brief
Greetings 2019/2020

2019: A year of milestones and memorable moments

Discover our end-of-year animation here.
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News in brief
Fires in New South Wales

“There is no excuse not to act”: Experts and MPs agree on urgency of climate action at COP25

Experts and parliamentarians meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) underscored the urgency of parliamentary action to mitigate the effects of the climate emergency. Over 100 MPs from more than 30 countries attended the IPU’s annual parliamentary meeting during the COP25.
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News in brief
Costa Rica information seminar

First IPU information seminar for parliamentary staff in Latin America

The IPU has held its first regional information seminar in Latin America on the functioning of the organization. The seminar was held in San José, Costa Rica, on 27 and 28 November 2019 in partnership with Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly.
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Voices
Lisa Cameron

Interview with Lisa Cameron, MP – The UK Parliament's engagement with the SDGs

UK MP Lisa Cameron discusses the engagement of the UK Parliament in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including the importance of a “whole-of-parliament” approach to the SDGs and making sure no one
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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
Meeting
Spain
MPs will be able to obtain first-hand information on the main issues of COP25, interact with negotiators directly involved in the UNFCCC decision-making process and discuss ways of implementing the Paris Agreement.
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.
Based on interviews with female MPs and parliamentary staff, this report documents a range of sexist behaviour in European parliaments.
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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News in brief
141st IPU Assembly

#IPU141 Video Highlights

From celebrating 130 years of the IPU's rich past to empowering youth for the future, from the first parliamentary resolution on universal health care to increasing the number of women MPs, discover the highlights of the IPU's 141st Assembly in
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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.