The IPU was founded in 1889 to promote inter-parliamentary dialogue and diplomacy between nations. Since then, the IPU has become a unique global convening power for parliamentary networking, especially through its Assemblies.
The Assembly is the IPU's main political body through which the IPU's Member Parliaments adopt parliamentary resolutions on global issues. It plays a pivotal role in addressing the issues which threaten peace, democracy and sustainable development, including through its four thematic standing committees.
At the Assemblies, MPs from around the world can come together to exchange good practice and build bridges at the parliamentary level.
IPU Assemblies—formerly known as Inter-Parliamentary Conferences—are held twice a year either in Geneva or hosted by Member Parliaments.
Hundreds of parliamentarians, members of parliamentary staff, experts, partners and representatives of the media attend. The participation of women is strongly encouraged, in line with the IPU's commitment to gender equality.
For information on past Assemblies, see the full list of Statutory Assemblies. Frequently asked questions about the Assemblies can be found here.