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Committee on Peace and International Security

Without peace and security, democracy cannot flourish. Our security, never to be taken for granted, is increasingly threatened by national and international crises.

The role of parliaments in building peace and preventing conflict is crucial. A democratic and representative political system not only helps prevent unrest, but is also key to restoring peace after conflict.

Our Committee on Peace and International Security, part of our overall commitment to the issue, provides our Member Parliaments the political framework for effective action on global threats. A key forum on the subject, it examines peace and security developments and helps identify and implement responses to these threats.

Its main objective is to promote peace and security in the world. Although its original remit was to focus on conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, changing times have meant readjusting its focus.

Terrorism, cyber security, nuclear proliferation as well as issues relating to governance that have given rise to regional conflicts whose impacts are being felt across the world, are just some of the more recent preoccupations of the Committee.

Like all our permanent committees, the Committee on Peace and International Security meets at our twice-yearly Assemblies. All Member parliaments are able to take an active role in putting forward items for the Committee agenda, bringing their perspective to the debates and the drafting of resolutions.  Once a year, the Committee prepares a resolution for adoption by IPU Members. 

The work of the Committee is guided by an 18-member Bureau with representatives from all geo-political groups. The Bureau helps to set the agenda for each session and proposes a work programme for the Committee.

Composition

Mr. J. Echániz

Spain
President
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. S. Rakhmanov

Belarus
Vice-President
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. P. Ikourou Yoka

Congo
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. R. Igbokwe

Nigeria
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. A.L.S. Ssebaggala

Uganda
African Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. K. Albakkar

Jordan
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Vacancy

Arab Group

Ms. A. Al Jassim

United Arab Emirates
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. O. Navaan-Yunden

Mongolia
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. S.A. Arbab

Pakistan
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Mr. A. Suwanmongkol

Thailand
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Ms. S. Grigoryan

Armenia
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. P. Tolstoy

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Ms. M. Arregui

Ecuador
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Ms. L. Rojas

Mexico
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. J.C. Mahía

Uruguay
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Vacancy

Twelve Plus Group

Ms. A. Shkrum

Ukraine
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Ms. C. Roth

Germany
Rapporteur to the 142nd Assembly

To be confirmed

Rapporteur to the 142nd Assembly

Parliaments have a vital role to play in ending the misery of conflicts. Photo by Julian Harneis/CCBY