Skip to main content

News in brief

Displaying 1 - 20 of 276 items

News in brief
workshop

Empowering young MPs in Djibouti

Elections in Djibouti in 2018 brought an infusion of young MPs into the National Assembly with 32 per cent of the new house under 45, above the global average of 28 per cent. To help these young parliamentarians, as well
Read more
News in brief
Refugee forum

Presenting parliamentary solutions at Refugee Forum

Parliamentarians from around the world were in Geneva this week for the first edition of the Global Refugee Forum organized by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The parliamentarians brought the parliamentary voice to this global gathering to take stock of
Read more
News in brief
Casini

Two opposition MPs allowed to leave Venezuela thanks to IPU Honorary President Casini

After spending more than six months in the Italian embassy of Caracas, Venezuela, two parliamentarians, Ms. Mariela Magallanes and Mr. Americo De Grazia, are now in Italy thanks to the efforts of IPU Honorary President Mr. Pier Ferdinando Casini.
Read more
News in brief
MPs at PET recycling factory, Trinidad

Caribbean parliaments examine impact of climate change on health

Climate change and its impact on health were the focus of a parliamentary seminar on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), held in early December in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The timing coincided with the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, Spain. The seminar Strengthening parliamentary action on the SDGs was co-organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. It was attended by parliamentarians from eight Caribbean countries as well as representatives of international organizations, civil society and experts.
Read more
News in brief
Greetings 2019/2020

2019: A year of milestones and memorable moments

Discover our end-of-year animation here.
Read more
News in brief
Fires in New South Wales

“There is no excuse not to act”: Experts and MPs agree on urgency of climate action at COP25

Experts and parliamentarians meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) underscored the urgency of parliamentary action to mitigate the effects of the climate emergency. Over 100 MPs from more than 30 countries attended the IPU’s annual parliamentary meeting during the COP25.
Read more
News in brief
Costa Rica information seminar

First IPU information seminar for parliamentary staff in Latin America

The IPU has held its first regional information seminar in Latin America on the functioning of the organization. The seminar was held in San José, Costa Rica, on 27 and 28 November 2019 in partnership with Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly.
Read more
News in brief
child nutrition

MPs pledge action on nutrition at SUN Global Gathering

Parliamentarians from 20 countries participating in the 2019 Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Global Gathering in Nepal have jointly signed a pledge where they commit to take action on nutrition. The parliamentarians have committed to encouraging their respective governments to
Read more
News in brief
141st IPU Assembly

#IPU141 Video Highlights

From celebrating 130 years of the IPU's rich past to empowering youth for the future, from the first parliamentary resolution on universal health care to increasing the number of women MPs, discover the highlights of the IPU's 141st Assembly in
Read more
News in brief
130th anniversary

Video highlights of the 130th anniversary

Watch how IPU members around the world celebrated the IPU's milestone anniversary .
Read more
News in brief
Climate change in Zambia

Promoting parliamentary engagement on climate change in Zambia

The IPU, the National Assembly of Zambia and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) organized a climate change workshop in Lusaka, Zambia, on 22 July 2019 to support parliamentarians in their role to translate the international targets of the
Read more
News in brief
Martin Chungong at MeToo conference in Iceland

IPU invited to present at first major international #MeToo conference

Three years after the start of the #MeToo movement, Iceland recently hosted the first major international conference on the impact of gender-based violence, harassment and discrimination with the objective of “relegating sexual harassment to history”. Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, presented the IPU’s landmark work on sexism and violence against women in parliaments.
Read more
News in brief
Martin Chungong

IPU Secretary General appointed as global leader to fight malnutrition

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, as one of the 27 global leaders committed to fighting malnutrition through the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Malnutrition affects one in three people in the world and
Read more
News in brief
Flooding in the Philippines

South Asian Speakers call for more financing to fight climate change

Speakers of Parliament from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka assembled in Malé, Maldives, on 1 and 2 September 2019, for the fourth South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As representatives of
Read more
News in brief
paraguay conference

Well-being of people and planet a priority for young MPs

Young parliamentarians meeting in Asunción, Paraguay, have called for the pursuit of happiness and well-being to be explicitly integrated into public policy.
Read more
News in brief
Youth parliament in the UK

Empowering Young MPs on International Youth Day

On 12 August, International Youth Day, the IPU celebrates young parliamentarians and youth participation in political life.
Read more
News in brief
Delegate raising hand

IPU rallies record number of MPs to High-level Political Forum

The IPU brought together more than 140 parliamentarians from 50 parliaments to review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the annual High-level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York.
Read more
News in brief
health clinic

New IPU data reveals challenges for parliaments in SDG implementation

New IPU data paints a mixed picture of the role of parliaments in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While examples of good practice have emerged, with some parliaments playing a very active role, the data also shows that implementation of the SDGs and involvement in the voluntary national review process remain primarily government-led.
Read more
News in brief
IPU President with Demetris Syllouris

IPU President visits Cyprus and Iran

IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron paid official visits to Cyprus and Iran in June 2019.
Read more
News in brief
Speaker of the Parliament of Djibouti, Mohamed Ali Houmed

Djibouti MPs join in celebrations for IPU’s 130th

The Speaker of Djibouti’s National Assembly, Mohamed Ali Houmed, opened an extraordinary session of the Parliament with a speech to mark the IPU’s 130th anniversary. The Prime Minister, Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, was in the audience. The Parliament also helped raise awareness of the IPU and the anniversary by sending out the link to the video produced for the anniversary to all the MPs.
Read more