Every country in the world has some form of parliament. Parliamentary systems fall into two categories: bicameral and unicameral. Out of 193 countries in the world, 79 are bicameral and 113 are unicameral, making a total of 272 chambers of parliament with over 46,000 members of parliament. IPU membership is made up of 178 national parliaments. Discover the world's national
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.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Government and Public Transformation have partnered to offer members of parliament from around the world an executive education course tailored to their needs.
The proposed course will provide an opportunity for MPs to develop their professional and human potential through the high academic level, resources and programmes of excellence on offer. The objective is to build skills, create knowledge and determine strategies in response to the most pressing global as well as national problems. The course should enable MPs to develop new ways of handling politics and citizenship, with a view to transforming society through social innovation and ideas for new collaboration models.