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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
Voices
Cecila Widegren

A conversation with...Cecilia Widegren, MP, Sweden

As part of a new 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 Cecilia Widegren, a Member of Parliament
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Voices
Harriett Baldwin

A conversation with...Harriett Baldwin, MP, United Kingdom

As part of a new 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 Harriett Baldwin, a Member of Parliament
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Statements
health

IPU calls for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

The IPU and the parliamentary community call on governments to give fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination through support for COVAX, the only global mechanism to distribute vaccines equitably across the world. The positive news of the roll-out of
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Statements
Hiroshima

IPU Statement on Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Celebration of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 January 2021 The Inter-Parliamentary Union welcomes the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which sets a new
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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
Virtual event
This year’s IPU-UN Annual Parliamentary Hearing, Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects, will be held virtually on 17 and 18 February 2021.
Feb 17 2021
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
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.