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Member events for International Day of Parliamentarism in 2023

 Join us in celebrating International Day of Parliamentarism and the IPU’s 134th anniversary on or around Friday 30 June 2023!

This year, with time rapidly running out to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees as stipulated in the Paris Agreement, the IPU’s main focus is climate action.

That's why, we recently launched the IPU campaign Parliaments for the Planet designed to mobilize parliaments and parliamentarians to act on the climate emergency. 

The concept of the campaign is simple. Climate action begins at home. Parliaments and parliamentarians must lead by example before preaching to the people.

The campaign is made up of two parts:

  1. My parliament! Part 1 of the campaign encourages parliaments and those who work in them to reduce their carbon footprint and become greener.
  2. My planet! Overlapping with Part 1 of the campaign, Part 2 helps parliaments step up action through legislation, budgets and, in particular, scrutiny of government measures to implement the Paris Agreement on climate especially in the lead-up to COP28 in November.

Three things you can do to celebrate the day:

  • Tell us what your parliament is doing for the planet and which of the 10 actions for greener parliaments (and those who work in them) you have put in place.
  • Use the toolkit we have developed for the campaign including posters and social media assets linking to the hashtag #Parliaments4thePlanet.
  • Organize an event or a debate in your parliament to celebrate the day, linking to climate action and the campaign.

Let us know what you planned on or around 30 June 2023 so that we may amplify your efforts in our communications to the global parliamentary family. Your feedback can be sent to [email protected] .

This page will list the information that we have received about parliamentary events.

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On the occasion of the International Day of Parliamentarism, the Parliament of Andorra publicly launched the project «Open Parliament», which communicates the work of the General Public Council to schools (primary and secondary), universities and the general public.


The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Parliamentary Group joined the IPU’s climate change campaign, Parliaments for the Planet, on the occasion of the International Day of Parliamentarism, by producing a video showcasing Bahrain's legislative initiatives to better protect the environment.


President of the House of Representatives, Mrs Annita Demetriou, delivered a speech before the Plenary on  29 June 2023. She said that the International Day of Parliamentarism provides an important opportunity to Parliaments around the world to reflect and review the progress made towards achieving major goals such as the protection of human rights, the balanced representation of women and youth in politics, the adaptation to digital technology and not least the response to the climate crisis. In line with the IPU campaign Parliaments for the Planet, the President referred to the active participation of the House of Representatives in efforts to deal with climate change, starting with activities to reduce the Parliament's carbon footprint and to become greener. Lastly, to further mark the Day, the House printed posters and stickers from the toolkit #Parliaments4theP!anet, developed by the IPU for the campaign.


As a part of celebrations for the International Day of Parliamentarianism, the Honourable Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr. OM Birla, wrote an opinion piece on green parliaments in the Hindustan Times, a leading national Indian daily, to spread awareness about the role of Parliaments in promoting environment sustainability.


The Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho celebrated 30 June with a youth sitting of the National Assembly. All 120 MPs were invited to bring a young member of their constituency (aged 25-35, with an equal number of men and women). They enacted various roles, asked questions and deliberated on relevant issues to give them the opportunity to be an MP for a day. Former Speakers and Deputy Speakers were also invited as honoured guests.


Ms Guoda Burokiene, Head of the Seimas delegation to the IPU, addressed the plenary sitting of the Seimas on the eve of the International Day of Parliamentarianism to mark the centenary of Lithuania’s IPU membership. Ms Burokienė pointed out that peace, democracy and human rights were the core values of the IPU and emphasised the importance of the SDGs.


In commemoration of the 2023 International Day of Parliamentarianism, the Erudite Group and Advancements Foundation, a Member of the African Parliamentary Advocacy and Research Group (APARG,) converged for national media engagements focusing on item 7 (Digital Parliaments) of the 10 Actions for Greener Parliaments.


The Parliament of Portugal hosted the 291st session of the IPU Executive Committee in Lisbon, Portugal from 28-29 June. It also organized a special celebration for International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June including interventions by the President of the National Assembly of Angola, Madam Carolina Cerqueira; the President of the Federal Senate of Brazil, Senator Rodrigo Pacheco; the President of the Senate of Chile, Senator Juan Antonio Coloma Correa; the President of PARLATINO, Madam Silvia Giacoppo; the President of the Senate of Uruguay, Senator Beatriz Argimón; First Deputy Speaker of the Oliy Majlis, Professor Akmal Saidov; the Speaker of the National Assembly of Zimbabwe, Hon. Jacob Francis Nzwidamilimo Mudenda; and IPU President, Duarte Pacheco. 


For 2023’s International Day of Parliamentarianism, the Shura Council of Qatar shared a statement with the IPU outlining the climate change initiatives taken in line with the Parliaments for the Planet campaign. The Shura Council affirmed its keenness to increase the use of renewable and clean energy as alternative and environmentally friendly sources, through the exercise of its legislative and oversight powers.

Russian Federation

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation sent its compliments to the IPU on the International Day of Parliamentarianism. The Council commended the contribution of the IPU to international dialogue between MPs.


For 2023's International Day of Parliamentarism, the Parliament of Thailand launched a promotion on the IPU "Parliaments for the Planet" campaign through all parliamentary media and platforms, including social media, the parliament's websites, digital signage kiosks in the premises, and the Parliamentary TV Channel. 


To promote the IPU's climate campaign, Parliaments4thePlanet, Madam Speaker Beatriz Argimón sent all MPs a letter inviting them to join the campaign, accompanied with the document “10 actions for greener parliaments”.


On 30 June the Chairman of the Committees on Environmental Policy and Nature Management, Oleg Bondarenko, and the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Inter-parliamentary Cooperation, People's Deputy of Ukraine Oleksandr Merezhko, with the participation of the members of the Verkhovna Rada, celebrated International Day of Parliamentarism with a green campaign.


The First Deputy Speaker of the Oliy Majlis and IPU Vice-President of the Eurasia group, Professor Akmal Saidov, delivered a speech showing Uzbekistan's commitment to the IPU's campaign Parliaments for the Planet  at the 30 June celebration in Lisbon, Portugal.