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Committee on Peace and International Security

Without peace and security, democracy cannot flourish. Our security, never to be taken for granted, is increasingly threatened by national and international crises.

The role of parliaments in building peace and preventing conflict is crucial. A democratic and representative political system not only helps prevent unrest, but is also key to restoring peace after conflict.

Our Committee on Peace and International Security, part of our overall commitment to the issue, provides our Member Parliaments the political framework for effective action on global threats. A key forum on the subject, it examines peace and security developments and helps identify and implement responses to these threats.

Its main objective is to promote peace and security in the world. Although its original remit was to focus on conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, changing times have meant readjusting its focus.

Terrorism, cyber security, nuclear proliferation as well as issues relating to governance that have given rise to regional conflicts whose impacts are being felt across the world, are just some of the more recent preoccupations of the Committee.

Like all our permanent committees, the Committee on Peace and International Security meets at our twice-yearly Assemblies. All Member parliaments are able to take an active role in putting forward items for the Committee agenda, bringing their perspective to the debates and the drafting of resolutions.  Once a year, the Committee prepares a resolution for adoption by IPU Members. 

The work of the Committee is guided by an 18-member Bureau with representatives from all geo-political groups. The Bureau helps to set the agenda for each session and proposes a work programme for the Committee.

Composition

Mr. M.B.M. Al-Ahbabi

Qatar
President
until Oct 2023

Ms. H. Hakobyan

Armenia
Vice-President
until Apr 2023

Mr M. Bouchouit

Algeria
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. P. Ikourou Yoka

Congo
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Mr. Z. M. Galadima

Nigeria
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. S. Falaknaz

United Arab Emirates
Arab Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Mr. A. Touizi

Morocco
Arab Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Mr. B. Mahtab

India
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. A.Y. Paris

Indonesia
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Mr. A. Naderi

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Mr. S. Rachkov

Belarus
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Mr. P. Tolstoy

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Ms. L. Crexell

Argentina
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Vacancy

Latin America/Caribbean Group

Ms. C. Cano Córdoba

Panama
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Mr. J. Echániz

Spain
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Feb 2023

Ms. A. Shkrum

Ukraine
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Apr 2023

Mr. E. Blanc

France
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Oct 2023

Ms. L. Vasylenko

Ukraine
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Women MPs)

Ms. S. Albazar

Egypt
Ex Officio Member (Bureau of Young MPs)

Mr. J. Cepeda

Spain
Rapporteur to the 146th Assembly

Ms. S. Falaknaz

United Arab Emirates
Rapporteur to the 146th Assembly

Parliaments have a vital role to play in ending the misery of conflicts. Photo by Julian Harneis/CCBY