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.
Parliamentary Workshop and events in the context of the World Investment Forum 2018
The World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development. Convened by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. It offers a unique opportunity to influence investment-related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and network with global leaders in business and politics.
The next World Investment Forum will take place from 22 to 26 October 2018 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. Organized under the overall theme Investing in Sustainable Development, this multi-stakeholder event will address global challenges for international investment in the new era of globalization and industrialization. The Forum is expected to bring together some 5’000 participants, including heads of State and Government, ministers, members of parliament, business leaders and civil society – more information at http://worldinvestmentforum.unctad.org/#/ms-1/1.
In the context of the Forum, the IPU, UNCTAD and the United Nations Office at Geneva will convene a Parliamentary Workshop on 22 October on the Financing of the SDGs, to be followed by a series of other activities for MPs on 22-24 October.
Parliamentary Workshop, Session 1
World Investment Forum 2018 Grand Opening
Parliamentary Workshop Session 2
UN IPA Awards Ceremony and Welcome Reception & Cultural Performance
Global Leaders Investment Summit I: Investment in a New Era of Globalization
Tripartite Dialogue of Parliamentarians, Policy Makers and Business Leaders
Parliamentarians will have the opportunity to participate in various sessions throughout the day