Nearly every country in the world has some form of parliament. Parliamentary systems fall into two categories: bicameral and unicameral. Out of 190 parliaments in the world, 79 are bicameral (158 chambers) and 111 are unicameral, making a total of 269 chambers of parliament with some 44,000 members of parliament. IPU membership is made up of 178 national parliaments. Discover
The hearing will provide a parliamentary contribution to the UN Water Conference (Midterm comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ 2018-2028)
The IPU has been collecting data on parliaments since its inception in 1889, including information on women’s participation in politics since 1945. In this section, discover the IPU's knowledge bank for and about parliaments.
Arab Regional Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda: Strengthening parliamentary engagement in climate action post-COP27
The 2022 Forum is jointly organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The series of Forums provides a regular opportunity for parliamentarians in Arab countries to engage in forward looking discussions and peer exchanges regarding their legislative, oversight, budgetary and representational roles in advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2022 edition will focus specifically on the role of parliaments in addressing the severe threats of climate change in the Arab region while achieving the SDGs. It will conclude with a set of key messages that will feed into the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development for 2023 (AFSD-2023). The meeting documents are available in English and Arabic.