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The IPU facilitates parliamentary diplomacy and empowers parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world. 

The IPU's strategic objectives aim to make parliaments more effective, representative and innovative so that they can take action to improve people's lives in the following policies areas: 

  • climate change;
  • democracy, human rights, gender equality; and youth participation;
  • peace and security;
  • and sustainable development for all.

Discover the IPU Strategy 2022-2026 or click on one of the policy areas below to find out how the IPU makes an impact. 

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Solar panels in Spain © AFP

We help parliaments to become greener and to implement the Paris agreement.

The Swiss National Council © The Swiss Parliament

We help strengthen parliaments to make them more representative and effective..

A Guinea-Bissau woman shows her inked finger after voting. © Reuters / Joe Penney

We work to increase women’s representation in parliament and empower women MPs.

Inside the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center. © Trocaire 

We defend the human rights of parliamentarians and help them uphold the rights of all.

Rice farming in Madagascar. © Africa Renewal

We support parliaments in implementing the SDGs with a particular focus on health and migration.

A woman places carnations into shields of anti-riot policemen. © Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko 

We help parliaments deal with terrorism, cyber warfare and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Demonstration against climate change in South Africa. © Phill Magakoe / AFP

We encourage youth participation in parliaments and empower young MPs.