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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.

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?

Data points:

IPU member parliaments
179
countries are members of the IPU
Women in parliament
25%
of the world's MPs are women
Youth in parliament
28.1%
of the world's MPs are under 45
MPs' human rights
488
Human rights cases currently treated by the Committee on the Human Rights of MPs
Latest news from the IPU
Statements
Beirut explosion

IPU statement on explosions in Beirut

The IPU and the parliamentary community express their shock and sadness at the devastation and loss of life caused by the blasts in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday 4 August. We convey our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved
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Statements
Hiroshima Peace Memorial,

IPU reiterates calls to eliminate nuclear weapons

On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 and 9 August), the IPU renews its calls for parliamentary action to ban the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. In a letter co-signed with the
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News in brief
Community worker

IPU Health Advisory Group calls for parliamentary action in response to pandemic

The IPU Advisory Group on Health has issued a statement on the current COVID-19 pandemic, calling on parliaments to cooperate with stakeholders to build capacity to manage health emergencies, including preparedness, prevention and response. The pandemic has placed demands on
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Statements
Tundu Lissu

IPU Human Rights Committee urges Tanzanian authorities to ensure safety of returning opposition leader Tundu Lissu

Mr. Tundu Lissu, a former member of the Tanzanian Parliament and a vocal opposition leader, is due to return home on 27 July. Mr. Lissu survived an assassination attempt in 2017 and has since been abroad for medical treatment after
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Highlights
Virtual event
The Summit is being organized in close cooperation with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations.
Aug 17 2020
Virtual event
The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament is being organized in close cooperation with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations.
Aug 19 2020
Innovation Tracker

Issue 6

Welcome to the sixth edition of the Innovation Tracker. We look at how parliaments have had to adapt their way of functioning to preserve the systems of parliamentary democracy, with a focus on the parliaments of Brazil, Ukraine and Ecuador. We also have updates from the Open Data, Pacific, Southern African and Hispanophone hubs.
About IPU
The 2019 Impact Report looks back at the results of IPU’s work over the year. Available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.
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.
From a small group of parliamentarians in 1889 to the global organization of parliaments, discover 130 years of history in our online exhibition and timeline
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.