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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 with 180 Members and 15 Associate Members. 

The IPU facilitates parliamentary diplomacy and empowers parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world. 

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, climate action 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 offices in New York, United States of America and Vienna, Austria. 

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Strategic objectives The IPU’s five interconnected Strategic Objectives are designed to deepen the IPU’s impact. Objectives 1-3 emphasize strong democratic parliaments; Objective 4 focuses on global parliamentary action and interaction; and Objective 5 strengthens the IPU as a whole.
IPU governance is made up of different bodies with specific mandates and functions.
The IPU is made up of 180 Member Parliaments and 14 Associate Members.
The IPU ensures that a parliamentary perspective is reflected in global governance. It bridges the gap between international commitments and national implementation.
The Statutes and Rules of the IPU is the main governance document of the IPU. They set out the rules which govern the IPU and its main bodies including financial regulations and practical modalities for IPU meetings.
Our work to promote peace and democracy is financed mainly by our Members and Associate Members out of public funds. We also receive a growing amount of income from donors, including governments, development agencies, UN bodies and foundations.
We are deeply committed to the principle of men and women sharing responsibility and decision-making.
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.
Samuelu Teo, former Speaker of the Parliament of Tuvalu and winner of the 2023 Cremer-Passy prize
The Cremer-Passy Prize, named after the IPU’s founders, William Randall Cremer and Frédéric Passy, is awarded every year to sitting parliamentarians who make an outstanding contribution to the defence and promotion of the IPU’s objectives, as well as those ”who