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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
24.9%
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
28.1%
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
509
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
Latest news from the IPU
News in brief
Training in Myanmar

A new guide to the Common Principles

The IPU has just published Putting parliamentary self-development into practice: A Guide to the Common Principles for Support to Parliaments . As the global organization of national parliaments, one of the IPU’s core functions is to strengthen parliaments. The Common
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Voices
Nam In-soon

Three questions for Nam In-soon, MP, Republic of Korea

Voices is part of an IPU web series in which we interview parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s position. Nam In-soon is a member of
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News in brief
UN Building NY

IPU Annual Hearing to focus on education

On 17 and 18 February, the IPU and the United Nations, represented by the President of the General Assembly, will bring together close to 200 parliamentarians from over 60 countries, as well as diplomats, representatives from civil society, and experts
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News in brief
Forum of Women MPs

Serbia steps up efforts for gender parity

The Serbian Parliament has announced an amendment to its electoral laws with a new minimum quota of 40 per cent of candidates on electoral lists for parliamentary and local elections from the less-represented gender. The Parliament adopted amendments to two
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Highlights
The fourth edition of the IPU Innovation Tracker includes examples from the parliaments of Bhutan, Indonesia, Kenya and Tonga including how they are harnessing new technology such as AI and cloud-based IT solutions.
Meeting
United States
The theme of the Parliamentary Meeting is Beijing +25: Parliaments accelerating action to achieve gender equality for all women and girls .
These guidelines offer advice and practical information for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on how to transform parliaments into gender-sensitive environments free from sexism and abuse. Learn more about the IPU's work on gender equality.
The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
This new guide accompanies the IPU flagship publication Common Principles for Support to Parliaments.
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
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.