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Assembly

Our Assembly, the only global forum of MPs, brings together parliamentarians to address and drive change on issues on the international agenda.

It is our main political body through which Member Parliaments adopt resolutions on parliamentary action on world affairs. It plays a pivotal role in addressing the issues that threaten peace, democracy and development, both today and in the future. The participation of the world’s MPs at our Assemblies means the will of citizens across all regions is reflected and represented in Assembly decisions and declarations.

There is a particular focus on peace and security, democracy and human rights. Four of our committees play a particular role in what is decided.

The Assembly is also a unique platform for global political trends and a testing ground for new ideas and initiatives. Recent assemblies have addressed an impressive range of social and political issues—ranging from tackling global terrorism to using social media to engage citizens in democracy. 

Assemblies—formerly known as Inter-Parliamentary Conferences—are held twice a year either in Geneva or in other cities around the world. More than 1,200 delegates attend. The participation of women is strongly encouraged, in line with our commitment to gender equality.

Our Organization was launched in an Assembly (or Conference) in Paris in 1889, and our meetings still represent our core principles of providing a multilateral forum to enhance peace and representative democracy, and maintaining worldwide parliamentary dialogue.

For information on past Assemblies, see the list of Statutory Assemblies. The rules of the Assembly can be found here.

List of Assemblies
Assembly

143rd Assembly and related meetings

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Kigali
Rwanda

Oct 11 2020
Assembly

142nd Assembly and related meetings

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Geneva
Switzerland

Apr 16 2020
Assembly
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Belgrade
Serbia

The 141st Assembly of the IPU will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13-17 October 2019. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians as well as the Forum of Women
Oct 13 2019
Assembly
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Doha
Qatar

The 140th Assembly of the IPU took place in Doha, Qatar, on 6-10 April 2019. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as
Apr 06 2019
Assembly
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Geneva
Switzerland

Watch the Highlights from the 139th Assembly See full programme Documents in Arabic Documents in Spanish
Oct 14 2018
Assembly
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Geneva
Switzerland

Highlights Print Programme
Mar 24 2018
Assembly

St Petersburg
Russia

Sep 2017
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Parliaments have a vital role to play in ending the misery of conflicts. Photo by Julian Harneis/CCBY
The Committee on Peace and International Security provides our Member Parliaments with a political framework for effective action on global threats.
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The Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade works to improve the lives and well-being of the world’s citizens and the planet.
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The Committee on Democracy and Human Rights works to promote democracy and protect the human rights for all of society.
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The Committee on United Nations Affairs connects parliaments with UN activities and goals.
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Everything you need to know about IPU Assemblies.
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Everything you need to know about the Assembly's Standing Committees.