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Information Seminar on the Structure and Functioning of the Inter-Parliamentary Union for French-Speaking Participants




The seminar is for parliamentary staff who serve as Secretaries of IPU Groups within Member Parliaments. It provides them with an opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of the IPU, and helps to facilitate their work in advising and assisting their parliament and its members on all matters relating to the IPU, its programmes and activities, structures and working methods.

This year's Information Seminar will be conducted in French.

- Welcome of participants at IPU Headquarters; Introduction of participants and outline of their expectations of the Seminar
- Overview of the IPU; IPU Strategy for 2018-2021 and its implementation
- Membership and questions regarding affiliation and suspension of Members; Structure and functioning of IPU governing bodies; IPU Assemblies; Roles and responsibilities of IPU Members
- Lunch hosted by the Secretary General
- Group Photo and Visit of the House of Parliaments
- Overview of the IPU’s work to promote democracy; The development of standards and norms for democratic practice; Comparative research on challenges facing parliaments; PARLINE database on national parliaments

- Capacity-building and technical assistance to parliaments
- IPU Gender Partnership Programme; IPU Youth Participation Programme
- Lunch break
- The parliamentary dimension to international cooperation; Interaction with the United Nations; Parliamentary Conference on the WTO; Development cooperation and IPU work on global health issues
- Promotion of international humanitarian law; Promotion of peace and democracy in the Middle East; Parliamentary diplomacy

- IPU Programme for the defence and promotion of human rights; IPU engagement with the UN Human Rights Council
- IPU Communications Strategy
- Lunch break
- Departure for the United Nations Office, Geneva
- Visit of the United Nations (Participation in the visit should be confirmed by Tuesday afternoon, at the latest)

- Presentation of the IPU’s budget; Members’ contributions and matters relating to IPU staff; Question and answer session
- Contribution by Members to the work of the IPU; Follow-up to IPU decisions and resolutions
- Closing session: Assessment of the seminar
- Cocktail for seminar participants


Information note 182.71 KB
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