Nearly every country in the world has some form of parliament. Parliamentary systems fall into two categories: bicameral and unicameral. Out of 190 national parliaments in the world, 78 are bicameral (156 chambers) and 112 are unicameral, making a total of 268 chambers of parliament with some 44,000 members of parliament. IPU membership is made up of 180 national parliaments
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.
Eighth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians
09:30 to 17:30 CET
The annual IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians is a unique platform for young Members of Parliament to meet, exchange, learn and identify common and innovative strategies to advance youth empowerment. In 2022, no issue is more urgent and vital than action to curb climate change and global warming. The Eighth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians will bring together young parliamentarians from around the world to coordinate parliamentary action to mitigate the impact of climate change and ensure that global warming does not exceed 1.5°C, in line with the Paris Agreement.
The Conference is open to the participation of young members of national parliaments. National parliaments are invited to send a delegation of up to four young parliamentarians (age limit 45) to participate in the Conference. Delegations should be composed of representatives of both sexes and the youngest members of parliament.
Please note that the Conference Gala dinner will now take place on Thursday 16 June at 17:00