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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
25.1%
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
28.1%
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
510
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
Latest news from the IPU
News in brief
recycling

Six ways MPs can support a green recovery from COVID-19

The unfolding tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic also offers parliaments a unique chance to address climate change while rebuilding and reimagining national economies. A new IPU policy note, Green approaches to COVID-19 recovery: Policy note for parliamentarians, published in partnership
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Statements
US congress

IPU Statement on assault on US Congress

The IPU and the parliamentary community strongly condemn the violence and the assault on the US Capitol on Wednesday 6 January. The integrity of this bastion of democracy and of the representatives of the people of the United States must
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Voices
Pacheco and Chungong

IPU End-of-Year Message

2020 has been a year unlike any other. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into turmoil, with the resulting lockdowns, quarantines and border closures bringing economies to a standstill. It has been endless; as societies sacrifice freedoms to subdue
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Voices
Cecilia Widegren

Cecilia Widegren, Chairperson IPU Sub-Committee on Finance, talks about 2021 budget

Cecilia Widegren, Chairperson of the IPU Sub-Committee on Finance and a Swedish MP, talks about the latest budget approved by the IPU Governing Council in November. She emphasizes how important it is that 179 Member parliaments agreed on a budget
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As COVID-19 slows down global activity, how can parliaments continue to function, legislate and scrutinize the actions of government?  How are parliaments around the world adapting to the crisis?
Highlights
This policy note, published with the United Nations Environmental Programme, sets out some of key approaches to help parliamentarians promote a sustainable and green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. How to build more resilient economies, how to meet international commitments
Virtual event
09:00 –10:00 EST (New York) 15.00-16.00 CET (Geneva). Is there a way to resolve the current impasse in United Nations Security Council reform? Can the Security Council be made to work more effectively?
Innovation Tracker

Issue 7

Welcome to the seventh edition of the Innovation Tracker. We look at how parliaments have adapted their functioning during the pandemic with a focus on the parliaments of Bahrain, Chile and Fiji, as well as some Pacific countries. We also cover the historic remote voting at the recent IPU Governing Council, when 394 parliamentarians from 142 countries voted for the new IPU President.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressing Parliament about measures to counter the coronavirus © Fabio Frustaci / ANSA / AFP
How is the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way parliaments work? How are they implementing emergency measures to fight the virus? What is your parliament doing? Discover our country by country compilation.
The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
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.