Nearly every country in the world has some form of parliament. Parliamentary systems fall into two categories: bicameral and unicameral. Out of 190 parliaments in the world, 79 are bicameral (158 chambers) and 111 are unicameral, making a total of 269 chambers of parliament with some 44,000 members of parliament. IPU membership is made up of 178 national parliaments. Discover
The hearing will provide a parliamentary contribution to the UN Water Conference (Midterm comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action, ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ 2018-2028)
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Will hybrid working become the “new normal” for parliaments?
The Covid-19 pandemic saw a period of “enforced innovation” in parliamentary working methods. Those parliaments that chose to innovate have dramatically changed how they function, embracing new technologies and remote working. The central objective of this event is to investigate if, why and how hybrid working is becoming the “new normal” for parliaments.
Participants will discuss the findings and recommendations of the World e-Parliament Report 2022. Parliamentarians will exchange perspectives on how hybrid working affects their work. They will consider how hybrid working impacts the legislative and oversight functions of parliament, and also to what extent hybrid working makes parliaments more modern, gender-sensitive and family-friendly workplaces. Participants will also share views on how to ensure the resilience of parliament in future emergencies.