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The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments.

What began in 1889 as a small group of parliamentarians, dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue, has since grown into a truly global organization of national parliaments. Today, our membership inches ever closer to being universal, with 179 Member Parliaments ,12 Associate Members, and increasing numbers of parliamentarians from all over the world involved in our work.

Our slogan is “For democracy. For everyone.”

Our vision is “We want a world where every voice counts, where democracy and parliaments are at the service of the people for peace and development.”

Our mission is “The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments. We promote democratic governance, institutions and values, working with parliaments and parliamentarians to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people. We work for peace, democracy, human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and sustainable development through political dialogue, cooperation and parliamentary action.”

We are financed primarily by our Members out of public funds. Our headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. We also have an office in New York, United States of America. 

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Frenchman Frédéric Passy (left) and Englishman William Randal Cremer created IPU out of a deep commitment to peace and dialogue - © FAO
The Inter-Parliamentary Union was created in 1889, in an era when there were no established means for governments, parliaments or MPs to work together internationally.
IPU governance is made up of different bodies with specific mandates and functions.
The IPU is made up of 179 Member Parliaments and 12 Associate Members.
The Statutes of the IPU contain the rules governing IPU bodies and the Secretariat, the IPU's financial regulations and the practical modalities of the rights and responsibilities of observers at IPU meetings.
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We are deeply committed to the principle of men and women sharing responsibility and decision-making.
© IPU
The ASGP brings together Secretaries General and other senior office holders in charge of parliamentary services.
Under the umbrella slogan of "130 years of empowering parliamentarians", the IPU and its Members are celebrating 130 years of parliamentary diplomacy and action from June 2019 to June 2020.