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The Secretariat is at the heart of the IPU's organization, and carries out its daily work. Based on a strong commitment to gender equality in our employment practices, the Secretariat has around 50 members of staff, supported by a number of consultants and interns. Most of the Secretariat is based at the Geneva Headquarters, in the House of Parliaments. 

Led by the Secretary General, the Secretariat supports our Member Parliaments to be stronger institutions and to help them deliver on seven policy priorities. The Secretariat prepares its programme of work and budget aimed at helping the IPU achieve the Strategic Objectives of its 2022-2026 Strategy.

The IPU also has two small offices in New York and Vienna for its Permanent Observers to the United Nations (UN) and other organizations. They represent the IPU at meetings of UN bodies, coordinate parliamentary hearings and activities at the UN and engage with other international organizations.