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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.

What difference did IPU make in 2020? Discover our online Impact Report here 

Data points:

IPU member parliaments
179
countries are members of the IPU
Women in parliament
25.5%
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
30.2%
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
620
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
Latest news from the IPU
News in brief
Afghanistan

New partnership to end sexual violence in conflict

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (OSRSG-SVC), Under-Secretary-General Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary -General on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SRSG-SVC), and Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the IPU signed a new Framework of Cooperation Agreement.
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News in brief
OHCHR-IPU

IPU and UN Human Rights strengthen their partnership

The IPU and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) renewed their partnership today with the signature of a new Memorandum of Understanding between Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mr
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Press releases
© UNHCR/Gordon Welters

UNHCR and IPU welcome Council of Europe parliamentary resolution in support of refugees

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, welcome the adoption of a resolution and publication of a report in support of refugees by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The PACE
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Voices
Radu Marian

A conversation with...Radu Marian, MP, Republic of Moldova

As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Radu Marian, MP from the Republic of
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Highlights
© Russian Federation Parliament
The International Day of Parliamentarism is celebrated every year on 30 June, the date in 1889 on which the IPU was founded. The Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution. Instituting an international day for
About IPU
The 2020 Impact Report looks back at the results of IPU’s work in what was an exceptional year.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shut down vast swathes of global activity, how are parliaments facilitating the implementation of the emergency health measures? How can parliaments debate, pass legislation and scrutinize the actions of government?
Infographics
The IPU-UN Women in Politics 2021 map shows all-time highs for women heads of state, women heads of government, women Speakers of parliament, and women MPs and ministers.

Say YES to more youth in parliament! Take the pledge to rejuvenate your parliament

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.