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IPU launches anniversary book on International Day of Parliamentarism

On 30 June, on the third edition of International Day of Parliamentarism, the IPU concludes its 130th anniversary year with the publication of a book outlining its achievements over the past 13 decades and including contributions from dozens of its
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IPU concerned about vulnerability of detained MPs during pandemic

The IPU is increasingly concerned about parliamentarians in detention during the COVID-19 pandemic due to greater risks of infection in overcrowded and confined spaces. In its first virtual sitting, the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians paid particular
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Multilateralism and inter-parliamentary cooperation strengthened during pandemic

On International Day of Multilateralism on 24 April, information collected by the IPU shows that parliaments all over the world are working together in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its campaign Parliaments in a time of pandemic, the
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In 2020, world “cannot afford” so few women in power

Women’s representation in political decision-making continues to increase but at a sluggish pace according to new data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU‑UN Women map of Women in Politics. The data’s publication coincides with the 25-year review of
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IPU congratulates UN on 75th anniversary

The IPU congratulates the United Nations on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations signed on 26 June 1945 in San Francisco, USA. The Charter of the United Nations was born at end of
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IPU calls on parliaments to help eradicate torture

On 26 June, the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the IPU calls on parliaments to use all their powers to help eradicate state-sponsored physical and psychological abuse and all other forms of serious ill-treatment. The day also
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International Day of Parliamentarism and IPU's anniversary

On 30 June 2020, the IPU and the parliamentary community will celebrate the third edition of International Day of Parliamentarism and the anniversary of the foundation of the IPU. The IPU was founded 131 years ago on 30 June 1889
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IPU’s annual information seminar goes virtual

This year’s IPU information seminar has gone online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since participants cannot travel to Geneva, the IPU is holding a week of webinars for parliamentary staff in French. Every year, the IPU holds an information seminar
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Presidential Statement for Victory in Europe Day

Geneva, 8 May 2020 Dear colleagues, dear friends! Victory day is celebrated in many countries of the world on May 8 and 9. And in spite of the fact that the official date of the end of the Second World
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Presidential Statement on the IPU Assembly

Dear colleagues, dear friends, Today – on 16 April 2020 – we were supposed to meet in Geneva at the opening of the regular 142nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. As you know, the Assembly has been postponed, as have
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IPU joins UN in calling for immediate global ceasefire in view of COVID-19

Joint Statement The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments and empowers parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development. Working together within this institution, we strongly support the UN Secretary-General’s appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in view
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IPU calls on Members to support COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The IPU stands in solidarity with its Member Parliaments, partners and friends in the face of the coronavirus health emergency. We wish all those affected personally a speedy recovery and much strength in the coming weeks. The IPU also expresses
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Martin Chungong

Opinion – Lift the lockdowns on parliaments too

Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) During the ongoing coronavirus emergency, extraordinary measures may have been necessary so that national leaders can make rapid and vital decisions that have had a restrictive effect on how we enjoy freedoms. But
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Laura Rojas

Legislating in times of pandemic

Voices is part of an IPU web series in which we give space to parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s position. This piece is by
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Harnessing the power of parliamentarians to improve health and well-being of women, children and adolescents

Opinion Piece by Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and Martin Chungong, Board Member, PMNCH, and Secretary General of the IPU. On this World Health Day, occurring in the midst of the greatest pandemic
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Interview

Video: Women in politics in 2020

The new Women in Politics map from the IPU and UN Women shows that women continue to be underrepresented across all levels of power. Watch the interview with Gabriela Cuevas, President of the IPU and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of
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