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The 138th Assembly of the IPU will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24-28 March 2018. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, will meet on this occasion.

The agenda is rich and comprehensive, covering key issues such as strengthening the parliamentary contribution to the global compact for migration, sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development, tackling women’s underrepresentation in politics, engaging the private sector in the development of renewable energy, and building sustainable and resilient societies.

The Assembly Guidebook is now available for download.  

Survey for MPs participating in the 138th IPU Assembly, on the global regime for migrants and refugees
All delegates are kindly request to complete this online survey.

En español: Cuestionario para los parlamentarios sobre la migracón y los refugiados

Delegates’ Survey on Assemblies and IPU Communications

Documents in Spanish (the translation is the responsibility of the GRULAC Secretariat) / Documentos en español (La traducción es responsabilidad de la Secretaría del GRULAC)

See the photos from the Assembly.

- Sub-Committee on Finance* Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters

- Executive Committee* Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters
- Executive Committee* Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters

- Gender Partnership Group* Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters
- Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Executive Committee* Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters
- Executive Committee* Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters
- Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Working Group on Syria* Main meeting room, IPU Headquarters

- Bureau of Women Parliamentarians* Salle Genève, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Group of Facilitators for Cyprus* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe building, CICG
- Forum of Women Parliamentarians Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Meeting with the Chairpersons of the Geopolitical Groups * Room 18, level -1, CICG
- Break out Group of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians Salle Genève, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Meeting of Advisers and Secretaries to delegations Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
- Advisory Group on Health (ENGLISH ONLY)* Room 15, level -1, CICG
- Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Forum of Women Parliamentarians Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Committee on Middle East Questions* Room 18, level -1, CICG
- Workshop on Refugee Protection: Implementing the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework - What can parliaments do? Salle Genève, CCV Annexe building, CICG

- Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians* Salle Genève, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Assembly Steering Committee* VIP Lounge, level 3, CICG
- Governing Council Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Bureau of the Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs* Room 18, level -1, CICG
- Standing Committee on Peace and International Security - Debate on the draft resolution on Sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade - Debate and start of drafting in plenary on the draft resolution on Engaging the private sector in implementing the SDGs, especially on renewable energy Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
- Assembly: Start of the General Debate Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Bureau of the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights* Room 18, level -1, CICG
- Forum of Young Parliamentarians of the IPU Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
- Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Standing Committee on Peace and International Security - Drafting in plenary of the resolution on Sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Assembly: General Debate Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Assembly: Decision on the emergency item Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Reception offered by Switzerland Events area, level 1, CICG

- Assembly - Debate on the emergency item Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law* Salle Genève, CCV Annexe building, CICG
- Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Standing Committee on Peace and International Security - Completion of drafting in plenary of the resolution on Sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights - Debate on the draft resolution to be adopted at the 139th Assembly on Strengthening inter-parliamentary cooperation on migration and migration governance Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
- Assembly - Continuation of the General Debate Room 1, level 1, CICG
- ASGP Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
- Interactive session on Ensuring accountability and oversight for adolescent health Room 18, level -1, CICG
- Bureau of the Standing Committee on Peace and International Security* Room 18, level -1, CICG
- Possible drafting committee on the emergency item* Salle Genève, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade - Drafting in plenary of the resolution on Engaging the private sector in implementing the SDGs, especially on renewable energy Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
- ASGP Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
- Assembly: Continuation of the General Debate Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Committee on Middle East Questions* Room 18, level -1, CICG

- Gender Partnership Group* Salle Genève, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Bureau of the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs - Debate on Preparations for the 2018 session of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Standing Committee on Peace and International Security - Adoption of the draft resolution on Sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
- ASGP Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
- Executive Committee* Salle Genève, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Assembly: Continuation of the General Debate Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Forum of Women Parliamentarians: Bureau elections Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
- ASGP Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
- Bureau of Women Parliamentarians* Room 18, level -1, CICG
- Assembly - Adoption of the resolution on the emergency item, and Conclusion of the General Debate Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade - Adoption of the draft resolution on Engaging the private sector in implementing the SDGs, especially on renewable energy Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians* Salle Lausanne, CCV Annexe Building, CICG
- Forum of Women Parliamentarians Rooms 3 & 4, level 0, CICG
- Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights Consideration of the proposal for a Debate on The role of parliaments in ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and ensuring respect for the human rights of LGBTI persons Room 2, level 0, CICG
- Interactive session on the Sustainable Development Goals with regional parliamentary assemblies and organizations Salle Genève, CCV Annexe Building, CICG

- Bureau of Women Parliamentarians* Salle Genève, CCV Annexe building, CICG
- Governing Council - Decisions on the human rights of MPs, and - Reports of specialized meetings Room 1, level 1, CICG
- ASGP Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
- ASGP Meeting Rooms 5 & 6, level 3, CICG
- Workshop on The implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Salle Genève, CCV Annexe building, CICG
- Governing Council Room 1, level 1, CICG
- Assembly - Adoption of resolutions - Reports of the Standing Committees - Outcome document of the General debate, and - Closing sitting Room 1, level 1, CICG

Documents

Assembly

Governing Council

Standing Committee on Peace and International Security

Standing Committee on Sustainable Development

Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights

Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs

Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians

Forum of Women Parliamentarians

Forum of Young Parliamentarians

Other Events

Agenda

Agenda of the Assembly
Item 1 Election of the President and Vice-Presidents of the 138th Assembly
Item 2 Consideration of requests for the inclusion of an emergency item in the Assembly agenda
Item 3 General Debate on the theme Strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees: the need for evidence-based policy solutions
Item 4 Sustaining peace as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development
(Standing Committee on Peace and International Security)
Item 5

Engaging the private sector in implementing the SDGs, especially on renewable energy
(Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade)

Item 6 Reports of the Standing Committees
Item 7 Approval of the subject items for the Standing Committees on Peace and International Security and for the Standing Committee on Trade, Finance and Sustainable Development at the 140th IPU Assembly and appointment of the Rapporteurs
Item 8 Amendments to the IPU Statutes and Rules

List of participants

List of Speakers

List of Speakers 209.05 KB

Speeches

Opening of the General Debate and Special Guests / Ouverture du débat général et invités spéciaux
Name / Nom Language / Langue
Ms. G. Cuevas Barron, President of the IPU / Mme G. Cuevas Barron, Présidente de l'UIP English

Ms. M. Mensah-Williams, President of the Bureau of Women Parliamentarians / Mme M. Mensah-Williams, Présidente du Bureau des femmes parlementaires

English
Ms. R.B. Itamari Choque (Bolivia), Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians / Mme R.B. Itamari Choque (Bolivie), Conseil du Forum des jeunes parlementaires English
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) / Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Directeur général, Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) English
Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) / Ambassadeur Ahmet Üzümcü,  Directeur général de l'Organisation pour l'Interdiction des Armes Chimiques English
Speakers of Parliament / Présidents de parlement
No.* Name / Nom Country / Pays Language / Langue
2. P. Katjavivi Nambia / Namibie English
5. I. Kobakhidze Georgia / Géorgie English
8. T. Xhaferi The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia / Ex République yougoslave de Macédoine English
9. T.K.N. Nguyen Viet Nam English
10. P. Nyabenda Burundi Français
14. F. Dos Santos Angola Français
17. A. Al-Mulla Bahrain / Bahreïn English
18. J.F. Mudenda Zimbabwe English
20. B.Soesatyo Indonesia / Indonésie English
29. A. Babloyan Armenia / Armenie Français
15. J. Zangpo Bhutan English
43. A. Al Mahmoud Qatar English
25. V. Mateu Zamora Andorra / Andorre Français
48. F. Zon Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption / Organisation mondiale des parlementaires contre la corruption (GOPAC) English

First speakers from delegations (Non-Presiding Officers) and invited organizations / Premiers orateurs des délégations (hormis les Présidents de parlement) et des organisations invitées

No.* Name / Nom Country / Pays Language / Langue
1. M. Triantafyllou Greece / Grèce English
29. D. McGuinty Canada English
6. J.H. Ri Democratic People's Republic of Korea / République populaire démocratique de Corée English
7. G. Kirkilas Lithuania / Lituanie English
10. P.J. Rajaonarivelo Madagascar Français
13. M. Tomassoni San Marino / Saint-Marin English
15. B. Bubula Poland / Pologne English
16. O. Hav Denmark / Danemark English
18. J. Matos Rosa Portugal English
19. E.-A. Luvsantseren Mongolia / Mongolie Français
36. S. Liengboonlertchai Thailand / Thaïlande English
24. M. Bartos Hungary / Hongrie English
39. P.T.C. Gallagher Ireland / Irlande English
27. B.M. Tshireletso Botswana English
31. A. Derzsi Romania / Roumanie Français
44. C. Roth Germany / Allemagne English
38. L. Khan Afghanistan English
49. I Figir Micronesia (Federated States of) / Micronésie (Etats Fédérés de) English
41. H. Kütt Estonia / Estonie English
46. E. Thalen Finne Sweden / Suède English
53. G. Daudze Latvia / Lettonie English
64. I. Macdonald Australia / Australie English
69. M. Ben Souf Tunisia / Tunisie English / Français
74. M. Timbiné Mali Français
Second speakers from delegations / Seconds orateurs des délégations
No.* Name / Nom Country / Pays Language / Langue
8. M. Moushouttas Cyprus / Chypre English
10. T. Mansmann Germany / Allemagne English
12. C. Bilyk Australia / Australie English

 

* As on the list of speakers distributed in the room. / Selon la liste des orateurs, telle que distribuée dans la salle.

Emergency item

Requests for inclusion of an emergency item

Under the terms of Assembly Rule 11.1, any Member of the Union may request the inclusion of an emergency item in the Assembly agenda. Such a request must be accompanied by a brief explanatory memorandum and a draft resolution which clearly define the scope of the subject covered by the request. The Secretariat shall communicate the request and any such documents immediately to all Members.

Furthermore, Assembly Rule 11.2 stipulates that:

(a) A request for the inclusion of an emergency item must relate to a major event of international concern on which it appears necessary for the IPU to express its opinion. Such a request must receive a two-thirds majority of the votes cast in order to be accepted;

(b) The Assembly may place only one emergency item on its agenda. Should several requests obtain the requisite majority, the one having received the largest number of positive votes shall be accepted;

(c) The authors of two or more requests for the inclusion of an emergency item may combine their proposals to present a joint one, provided that each of the original proposals relates to the same subject;

(d) The subject of a proposal that has been withdrawn by its authors or rejected by the Assembly cannot be included in the draft resolution submitted on the emergency item, unless it is clearly referred to in the request and title of the subject adopted by the Assembly.

Emergency item adopted by the Assembly

List of requests for inclusion of an emergency item

Request submitted by the delegation of Palestine (28 February 2018)

Request submitted by the delegation of Kuwait (6 March 2018)

Request submitted by the delegation of Bahrain (7 March 2018)

Request submitted by the delegation of Turkey (19 March 2018)

Request submitted by the delegation of Israel (22 March 2018)

Request submitted by the delegation of Sweden (24 March 2018)​

Request submitted by the delegations of Palestine, Kuwait, Bahrain and Turkey (25 March 2018)

Request submitted by the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (25 March 2018)

Reporting by Members

Reporting by Members on follow-up to IPU decisions

In October 2017 (St. Petersburg), the Governing Council endorsed the Executive Committee’s recommendation to pursue a new approach to the annual reporting exercise by IPU Members whereby a number of parliaments from each geopolitical group would be selected on a rotational basis to share their experiences.

The following Guidelines for the periodic reporting exercise provide the reference framework for the new reporting exercise, as a transitional measure. If successful, the new modality would subsequently be reflected in the IPU Statutes and Rules.

GUIDELINES

1. All IPU Members shall submit periodic reports, on average once every four years. The IPU Secretariat shall facilitate the exercise by preparing a questionnaire. 

2. The periodic reports shall focus on parliamentary follow-up to:

  •  - Resolutions of the Standing Committees;
  •  - Resolutions relating to the emergency item;
  •  - Outcome documents of the General Debate;
  •  - Decisions of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians;
  •  - Plans of Action (such as the 2012 IPU Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments);
  •  - Initiatives of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and of the Forum of Young MPs of the IPU;
  •  - Outcome documents of specialized meetings (such as regional and national seminars);
  •  - Decisions and recommendations of other IPU bodies.

3. In addition to their statutory reporting obligation on a rotational basis, IPU Members can submit, at any time, voluntary reports on parliamentary follow-up action.

4. The Executive Committee and geopolitical group Chairpersons shall monitor the submission of reports under the rotational system and ensure that IPU Members meet their reporting obligations.

5. IPU Members are invited to submit periodic reports according to the order established by Annex 1 to the Guidelines. When a Member cannot submit a report within the expected timeline, due to conditions beyond its control, it shall inform the Secretary General accordingly. Such a Member shall submit its report the following year.

The Secretary General will issue a report to the Governing Council at the 139th IPU Assembly (Geneva, October 2018) based on input from Members. The IPU membership will be informed of the outcome of the reporting exercise during a dedicated session. The preceding report on action taken by Members to follow up on IPU decisions and resolutions is available here.

To know when your parliament is expected to take part in the reporting exercise, please see this list.

To access the 2018 questionnaire on follow-up to IPU decisions and resolutions please click here.

Remember that all IPU Members can submit voluntary reports at any time!