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
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Regional Seminar on Achieving the SDGs for the Parliaments of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States
St. Petersburg Russia
The Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) are jointly organizing a Regional Seminar on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This event, to be held in St. Petersburg on 18 October 2018, will be part of a series of IPU regional seminars to advance the work and contribution of parliaments to the SDGs.
The Seminar will offer an opportunity to share experiences and engage in detailed discussion on the ways in which to balance the key social, economic and environmental components of the sustainable development strategy. Main points of discussion will also include the impacts of natural and man-made disasters, risk reduction and the role played by the media in sustainable development. Special emphasis will be placed on sharing good practices on SDG implementation, developing possible synergies and building coherence at the policy level.
The proceedings will be conducted in English and Russian.