Governing Council

Governing Council

The Governing Council is our administrative and policy-making body. Its meetings are usually held during our twice-yearly Assemblies. It decides on admitting, readmitting and suspending members and on our activities. It oversees our budget and work programme and sets contribution rates. 

The Governing Council elects our President and Secretary General and decides on the mandate and composition of committees, working groups and ad hoc bodies. It also determines when and where our Assemblies take place, and approves venues and dates of future events on specific issues. Representatives of international organizations may be invited to follow the Council's work as observers.

The Governing Council is made up of three MPs from each Member Parliament, provided that the delegation includes both men and women. Single-sex delegations are limited to two MPs.

The rules of the Governing Council can be found here.

Every year, many MPs around the world face abuse, mistreatment or even death. Our Committee on the Human Rights of MPs seeks to protect and defend them. The only international mechanism with such a remit, it has a solid track record of providing concrete help to those who suffer abuse
Peace in the Middle East has eluded the world for well over half a century.
Our Group of Facilitators for Cyprus has its roots in a Committee created in 1991 to monitor the situation on the divided island. The Committee supported the UN Secretary-General’s good offices mission and held twice-yearly hearings involving the political representatives of the two Cypriot communities (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot) and the three Guarantor Powers—Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom. 
The Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law advocates for the protection of civilians and combatants in conflict around the world through the adoption and ratification of relevant laws and treaties.
HIV/AIDS and the well-being of mothers and children are two of the key areas in health and development. Too many people continue to contract the disease.
The IPU High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was established in 2017 to serve as the global focal point for parliamentary activities related to counter-terrorism
The Forum of Women Parliamentarians is a unique entity that has for more than 30 years provided women MPs a global platform to input into international decision-making.
Our Forum of Young Parliamentarians was set up to spearhead our work to boost the participation of young people in parliaments and to help ensure young MPs play a full part in the work of parliament.