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How Canada’s parliament created a new way to onboard MPs… and bid them farewell

The pandemic was an unprecedented challenge for parliaments and highlighted shortcomings in MP onboarding and personal development programmes globally. Canada’s House of Commons researched ways to improve these: here’s the system it came up with.
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How do parliaments follow up on IPU resolutions and initiatives?

What happens after an IPU Assembly? What actions do the IPU Member Parliaments take once they get back home? IPU Members are strongly encouraged to follow up on resolutions and outcomes that come out of any IPU Assembly across an
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SDG implementation in Serbia: cross-party parliamentary groups

The informal Focus Group of the National Assembly of Serbia for the development of oversight mechanisms on SDG implementation (SDG Focus Group) was established in 2017 and consists of 15 members from different political parties and parliamentary committees. Members coordinate
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IPU Member Parliaments commit to accelerating gender equality

Parliamentarians from around the world have adopted the Kigali Declaration Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world at the end of the 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda. The Declaration represents
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Cynthia Lopez

First Cremer-Passy Prize goes to Mexico and Ukraine

Ms. Cynthia Lopez Castro of Mexico, and the Chairman and all the Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine have been awarded the first Cremer-Passy Prize at the 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda. The prize is named after the
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IPU Assembly calls for end to Russian occupation of Ukraine

The 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda has adopted a resolution on Ukraine entitled Condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and of the subsequent annexation of territories, in defence of the territorial integrity of all States. The resolution calls for
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Kigali

Parliament of Rwanda to host the 145th IPU Assembly

Kigali/Geneva, Tuesday, 20 September 2022. The Parliament of Rwanda will host the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and its related meetings in Kigali from 11 to 15 October. More than 1200 delegates, including some 60 Speakers and Deputy
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From pitch to parliament: how four leading footballers became parliamentarians

George Weah, Liberia The Liberian footballer-turned-president was named African, European and World player of the year in 1995, becoming the first and only African player to win the latter two awards while representing his country internationally. Weah began his career
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IPU and CERN launch the Science for peace schools

The Science for Peace Schools is a new pilot annual training scheme for parliamentary staff designed to bridge the worlds of science and politics. Launched by the IPU and the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), the first edition or
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Violence against women parliamentarians: Causes, effects, solutions

Women account for just over 26% of parliamentarians worldwide according to the IPU’s latest figures. Despite progress made in recent years, significant obstacles continue to block their path to parity with their male counterparts. One of the biggest obstacles is
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IPU and UN mobilize parliaments to support children’s rights

In the lead-up to 20 November, World Children’s Day, the IPU and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have released a joint statement on the role of parliaments in the implementation of the Convention on the
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IPU leadership statement following annexations of four regions of Ukraine

We support and align ourselves with the position of the United Nations, as expressed by the UN Secretary-General, in condemning the illegal annexations of four regions (Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia) of the sovereign country of Ukraine, in violation of
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IPU statement on the prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine

The IPU welcomes the prisoner exchange between the Russian Federation and Ukraine that took place on 21 September. The IPU commends all the countries involved in the negotiation involving some 250 prisoners. The exchange is a welcome sign that cooperation
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Message to the UK Government on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and its wider membership, we offer our deepest condolences to the British Royal Family, the Government and
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Phyo Zayar THaw

IPU calls for respect for rights of detained MPs in Myanmar

The IPU is deeply concerned by reports that the prison conditions of detained parliamentarians in Myanmar have worsened and that the military authorities have banned all prison visits. In the wake of the recent executions by the authorities of Mr
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Rwanda

Five days of an IPU Assembly in 5 minutes: Watch the highlights of #IPU145

The 145th IPU Assembly took place in Kigali, Rwanda from 11-15 October in partnership with the Parliament of Rwanda. Some 1000 delegates, of whom close to 600 were MPs, attended, representing 120 countries. What were the takeaways? What were the
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Rwanda parliament

How did Rwanda become no.1 for gender equality?

n 2008, the Rwanda Chamber of Deputies was the first elected national parliament where women were the majority. The proportion of MPs who are women is at 61.25% today, way above the current global average of 26.4%. Rwanda has been
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gender equality

What is a gender-sensitive parliament?

What are the criteria that make a parliament gender-sensitive? Which parliaments are more gender-sensitive than others? How can your parliament become more gender-sensitive? Answers in this short video.
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Jack McConnell

A conversation with...Lord Jack McConnell, UK

As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Lord Jack McConnell, a parliamentarian from the
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