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The Secretariat is at the heart of our organization, and carries out our daily work to promote and strengthen democracy across the world. Based on a strong commitment to gender equality in our employment practices, we have around 40 members of staff working either at our headquarters in Geneva or in New York, where we have permanent observer status at the United Nations.

Led by the Secretary General, the Secretariat supports our Member Parliaments to be more effective democratic institutions and to deliver on issues such as peace and security, human rights, sustainable development, gender equality, youth participation, and global governance. It prepares our programme of work and budget aimed at helping us achieve the goals set out in the 2022-2026 Strategy, which are then adopted by our Executive Committee and Governing Council.

The Secretariat prepares the issues to be addressed at inter-parliamentary meetings, including our Assemblies and builds relations between us and other international organizations.

The IPU also has two small offices in New York and Vienna. They represent the IPU at meetings of UN bodies, coordinate parliamentary hearings and activities at the UN and engage with other international organizations.