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We empower parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development.

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IPU member parliaments
countries are members of the IPU
Women in parliament
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
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News in brief
nutrition handbook

New handbook for parliamentarians on Food Systems and Nutrition

One in three people globally suffers from at least one form of malnutrition, and the economic loss attributable to bad nutrition is estimated at US$ 3.5 trillion per year. Recent research on the worldwide burden of disease found that a
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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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Press releases
Elected MPS wave to protesters

IPU reports sharp increase in abuse against parliamentarians, driven largely by Myanmar

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is monitoring a record 601 cases of alleged violations against parliamentarians around the world. This represents a significant uptick compared to 552 cases in December 2020. The caseload includes many new
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News in brief

IPU leadership meets with Myanmar parliamentarians

IPU President, Mr. Duarte Pacheco and IPU Secretary General, Mr. Martin Chungong met today a group of Myanmar parliamentarians elected in the general election of November 2020 but prevented from taking their seats in the new parliament following the military
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Virtual event
To build intergenerational solidarity and support, and to mobilize parliamentarians of all ages for youth empowerment, this seventh edition of the Conference is open to both young and senior parliamentarians.
Apr 28 2021
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.
The 142nd Assembly of the IPU will take place virtually.
May 24 2021
The IPU has been defending MPs in danger for the past 40 years through its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.
Innovation Tracker

Issue 8

This eighth edition of the Innovation Tracker investigates how innovation becomes established in parliamentary development and planning through the case study of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina. We also report on the Parliamentary Roundtable at the virtual Internet Governance Forum 2020, and present the new IPU Social Media Guide for Parliaments and Parliamentarians. There are updates from the CIP
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?
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.