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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
Press releases
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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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Press releases
Joana Mamombe

IPU calls for action following increased physical violence against parliamentarians

IPU Member Parliaments have committed to taking action to address alleged human rights violations suffered by MPs in a number of countries, including Egypt, Libya, Myanmar, Philippines, Turkey, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Many of the cases concern actual physical violence against parliamentarians, including against women and young MPs.
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News in brief
Vienna parliament

Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament: in-person segment

The in-person segment of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will be held in Vienna, Austria on 7-8 September. The conference will be preceded by the Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament on 6 September. Organized jointly by
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Highlights
The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
Virtual event
The World e-Parliament Conference is the leading international forum for exchanging good practices and building inter-parliamentary cooperation in the area of innovation and digital technology in parliaments.
Jun 16 2021
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.

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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.