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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
HANNAH MCKAY

These parliamentarians were also Olympic athletes

On this occasion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the IPU honours MPs who were once Olympic athletes. Judging from the number of Olympians serving in the world’s parliaments, it could be argued that the drive and commitment required to become a world-class athlete are the same qualities necessary for excellence in parliamentary work. There are hundreds of such exceptional MPs scattered across every region of the world, both retired and currently serving. Their character and dedication are exemplified by the following individuals:
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Press releases
eparl

New IPU report: COVID-19 has accelerated modernization of parliaments

The new edition of the IPU World e-Parliament Report reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for parliaments, with many embracing new technology to modernize and, as a result, engaging better with the people they represent.
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Voices
Samuel Cogolati

A conversation with...Samuel Cogolati, MP, Belgium

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 Samuel Cogolati, MP from Belgium.
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News in brief
HLPF21

Parliamentary Forum: stronger government role needed to achieve SDGs

“Get Government Back”! That was the message from the IPU’s Parliamentary Forum coinciding with the United Nations High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), held in New York from 6-15 July.
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Highlights
Innovation Tracker

Issue 9

This ninth edition of the Innovation Tracker features highlights from the virtual World e-Parliament Conference 2021 which was held in June 2021. It also includes the IPU's new World e-Parliament Report and showcases parliamentary video innovations from around the world.©
Voices
Cynthia Lopez

A conversation with...Cynthia López Castro, MP, Mexico

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 Cynthia López Castro, Member of the IPU
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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.
Conference
Vienna, Austria
The Fifth World Conference is in two sessions: a virtual session that took place in August 2020 and an in-person Conference in Vienna in 2021.
Sep 07 2021

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

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.