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Puan Maharani

Indonesia gives visibility to youth participation

Changemaker Ms. Puan Maharani is the first woman and third youngest Speaker of the House of Representatives of Indonesia. She was among the first Speakers to sign up to the “I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament!” Campaign, and championed
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zambia

Zambia’s Youth Parliamentary Caucus

After signing up to the “I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament!” campaign, the first woman Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia, Changemaker Ms. Nelly Mutti, helped establish a groundbreaking new youth body, the ‘Zambia Youth Parliamentary Caucus’ (ZYPC)
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canada parliament

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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Fiji

Parliaments after the pandemic: New IPU e-Parliament Report

The IPU’s newly released World e-Parliament Report 2022 shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation in parliaments and made them more flexible, innovative and resilient. This seventh edition of the report is based on a survey of 123
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Darfur

Ensuring universal health coverage: New resource for parliamentarians

The IPU and the World Health Organization (WHO) have produced a handbook on universal health coverage (UHC) intended to help parliaments fulfil their roles as enablers of UHC. Here are its main features.
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Ramanayake

MPs in danger all over the world – but some good news too

On the eve of Human Rights Day, the IPU has released its annual global snapshot of the situation of threatened parliamentarians. A record number of 739 parliamentarians from 44 countries all over the world suffered violations of their fundamental rights
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Ramanayake

MPs in danger all over the world – but some good news too

On the eve of Human Rights Day, the IPU has released its annual global snapshot of the situation of threatened parliamentarians. A record number of 739 parliamentarians from 44 countries all over the world suffered violations of their fundamental rights
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ipu delegations

IPU hosts delegations from Ghana, Republic of Korea, Sweden and United Kingdom

Last week the IPU welcomed at its headquarters in Geneva several parliamentary delegations to discuss parliamentary action on a number of issues, including human rights, climate change, global parliamentary diplomacy, and violence against women MPs. All ten members of the
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Finnish and NZ MP

Elections in 2023: The ones to watch

2022 was a turbulent year as the world felt the impacts of climate change and a new war in Europe with global repercussions, including a sharp spike in energy and food costs. Nevertheless, democracy pressed on, with scores of elections
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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone opens door for more women in parliament

A new law in Sierra Leone will ensure that at least 30% of parliamentarians are women and impose similar quotas in other institutions, including government, local councils, the diplomatic corps and the civil service. The Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
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SDGs

First UN resolution on role of parliaments in the SDGs

In a historic first, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution highlighting the critical role of parliaments in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The resolution demonstrates a United Nations growing more open to cooperation with parliaments to
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Mursal Nabizada

Tribute to Afghan MP Mursal Nabizada

It is with great sadness that the IPU learnt of the murder of former Afghan parliamentarian Ms. Mursal Nabizada. According to news reports, Ms. Nabizada and her bodyguard were shot dead at her home in Kabul on 15 January. Ms
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Parliament of Brazil

Condemnation of attack on Brazil Congress

The IPU condemns in the strongest possible terms the attacks on the Brazilian Congress and other state institutions on Sunday 8 January. Nearly two years to the day of the assault on the US Congress, the events in Brasilia serve
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Senegal parliament

IPU statement on violence in the Senegal Parliament

The IPU condemns in the strongest possible terms the violence that took place in the Senegal National Assembly this week, committed by two parliamentarians, Mr. Yewi Askanwi and Mr. Moustapha Sy, against a pregnant parliamentarian, Ms. Gniby Amy Ndiaye. Any
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Kherson

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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Rwanda

2022: a new breath of life at the IPU

End of year message from IPU leadership 2022 saw the first year of the implementation of our new 5-year strategy. The Strategy gives us a renewed mandate to continue strengthening and connecting parliaments for peace, democracy and sustainable development. Climate
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Globe

The year that was 2022

2022 marked the first year of the IPU's new five-year strategy in which climate action took centre stage. The year was also marked by the resurgence of IPU parliamentary diplomacy with a view to finding a peaceful resolution to the
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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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