IPU statement on the prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine
The IPU welcomes the prisoner exchange between the Russian Federation and Ukraine that took place on 21 September.Read the statement
Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world.
We empower parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace,
democracy and sustainable development.
The Parliament of Rwanda will host the 145th Assembly of the IPU in Kigali from 11 to 15 October. More than 1000 delegates, including some 60 Speakers and Deputy Speakers of Parliaments, are expected to attend in person.Read more
The IPU Universal Declaration on Democracy: 25 years on, has the declaration stood the test of time? Watch the debate that took place on 15 September, International Day of Democracy,Watch
Democratization is under pressure across the globe. Here are five major threats to democracy, and how to mitigate them.Read more
On behalf of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and its wider membership, we offer our deepest condolences to the British Royal Family, the Government and the people of the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth of Nations.Read more
The event will bring parliaments and Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) together to understand better how they can work in partnership.Read more
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 the Honourable David McGuinty, Member of the IPU Executive Committee and Canadian MP.Read more
Declaration adopted without a vote* by the Inter-Parliamentary Council at its 161st session (Cairo, 16 September 1997) The Inter-Parliamentary Council, Reaffirming the Inter-Parliamentary Union's commitment to peace and development and convinced that the strengthening of the democratisation process and representative institutions will ...Read more
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 Patra Bayr, a parliamentarian from Austria. The views and opinions expressed by the parliamentarians are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s position.Read more
MPs can sometimes be subject to human rights violations, ranging from arbitrary detention and exclusion from public life to even kidnapping and murder in the worst cases. The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians. The map below shows the latest alleged violations of ...Read more
Half the world’s population is under 30 and yet only 2.6% of MPs globally represent this age group. The IPU has identified the six ways to change this.
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.