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Climate change

We help parliaments to become greener and to implement the Paris agreement.
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Climate change is killing people and destroying lives, development, peace and security all over the world. That's why climate action has been recognized as the top policy priority for the IPU. 

The ultimate goal of the IPU’s action on climate change is to allow all people to live on a healthier planet with warming limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The IPU helps parliaments make progress on the Paris Agreement as well as other climate treaties, accelerate decarbonization and reduce the carbon footprint within parliaments themselves through its research, tools and meetings. 

All year, the IPU organizes events for parliamentarians to come together and exchange good practice when it comes to legislating, budgeting or scrutinizing government action on climate change. 

The IPU works closely with UN partners on climate change, especially the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

The IPU also endeavours to reduce its own carbon footprint, including its Assemblies. 

Number of climate change laws of the world
The IPU is a partner of the London School of Economics' database of climate change legislation

Parliaments for the Planet

Discover the IPU's climate campaign designed to mobilize parliament to take action on the climate emergency

Latest news and stories on climate change
Press releases

COP28: Parliaments take centre stage to accelerate climate action

Parliaments were in the spotlight on 6 December 2023 in Dubai at COP28, the UN Climate Change Conference, at a day of parliamentary meetings organized by the IPU and the Federal National Council (FNC), the Parliament of the United Arab
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Press releases

Helping parliaments reach new heights in mountain adaptation

The IPU and Adaptation at Altitude, a programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, have published a new Issues Brief for parliamentarians: Responding to climate change in the mountains: Opportunities for parliamentarians to act. The Brief is designed
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Rapporteurs COP27-28

Passing the baton from COP27 to COP28

What did COP27, the UN Climate Conference which took place in Egypt in 2022, achieve from a parliamentary perspective? And what were the lessons learnt to pass on to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who are hosting COP28 in just
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Climate laws

Climate change laws of the world

In the lead-up to COP28, the UN climate conference, discover how to use the global database of over 5000 laws and policies on climate change in this 2-minute video. The database is managed by the London School of Economics Grantham
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Press releases
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Tuvalu Speaker wins MP of the year award

The 2023 Cremer-Passy Prize, the MP of the year award, has been awarded to Mr. Samuelu Penitala Teo, Speaker of the Parliament of Tuvalu, in recognition of his outstanding record on climate action. Mr. Teo was awarded the prize in
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Climate change
Latest publications on climate change
This Issues brief is designed to help parliamentarians identify policies and actions to adapt to the consequences of climate change in mountain ecoysystems.
10 actions for greener parliaments (and those who work in them)
This brochure presents the highlights from the toolkit Disaster Risk Reduction to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals published by the IPU and UNDRR in 2021. The toolkit is designed to help parliaments and parliamentarians to initiate, strengthen and oversee national
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Related events

United Arab Emirates

Dec 06 2023
Virtual event
This webinar, co-organized by the IPU and the Parliamentarians for Non Nuclear-proliferation and Disarmament will equip MPs with insights and tools for understanding the interconnectedness of peace, climate change, and disarmament, and highlight solutions to all three issues.
Nov 23 2023
Virtual event
The Global Goal for Adaptation (GGA), established under the 2015 Paris Agreement, seeks to address climate change impacts and enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
Nov 20 2023
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