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 114 are unicameral, making a total of 272 chambers of parliament with over 46,000 members of parliament. IPU membership is made up of 179 national parliaments. Discover the world's national
The 141st Assembly of the IPU will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13-17 October 2019. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians as well as the Forum of Women
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.
Fourth Interregional Seminar on Parliamentary Capacity Building and the Further Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: Stronger Inter-parliamentary Exchanges for a More Efficient Achievement of the SDGs
The Fourth Interregional Seminar on Parliamentary Capacity Building and the Further Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place in Beijing, China, from 12 to 14 June 2019 and will be followed by a field trip. Jointly organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the National People’s Congress, this event is intended to foster interregional exchanges on SDGs implementation between Asian and African parliaments.
The Seminar will discuss how cooperation among developing countries can enhance implementation of the SDGs and their targets and further advance their development. The Seminar will allow the participants to proactively engage with the SDGs, share their experiences, good practices as well as lessons learned to effectively advance SDGs implementation without leaving anyone behind.
The Seminar is intended for Members of Parliament from Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Zimbabwe and China. The languages of the event are English and Chinese.