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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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IPU President visits Cyprus and Iran

IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron paid official visits to Cyprus and Iran in June 2019.
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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.
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IPU Honorary President Saber H. Chowdhury, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker of Parliament Shirin Chaudhury at the opening of the exhibition

Bangladesh PM opens IPU 130th anniversary exhibition

The Parliament of Bangladesh is currently displaying the IPU’s 130th anniversary exhibition. The exhibition was opened by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Speaker of Parliament Shirin Chaudhury and IPU Honorary President Saber H. Chowdhury were present at the opening, as were whips and other members of parliament.
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IPU celebrates its 130th anniversary on World Parliament Day

On 30 June, International Day of Parliamentarism, the IPU celebrated its 130th anniversary in a ‘Quintet’ consisting of the Presidents of the most recent and future IPU Assemblies.
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Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow

British IPU group celebrate 130th anniversary in Speaker's House

On 25 June, as part of the IPU's 130th anniversary celebrations, the Chair and Executive Committee of the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) invited members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to attend a diplomatic reception in Speaker’s House. Members of the Diplomatic Corps, key stakeholders in the UK Parliament and a visiting delegation from the Italian Parliament were also invited (Italy was one of the nine original member countries of the IPU, along with the co-founders United Kingdom and France).
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Chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, and the Head of the Federal Agency of Communication, Oleg Dukhovnitsky

Russia celebrates International Day of Parliamentarism

The Russian Parliament has issued a commemorative stamp for the International Day of Parliamentarism and the IPU’s 130th anniversary on 30 June.
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Serbia opens exhibition for IPU’s 130th anniversary

The National Assembly of Serbia is displaying the IPU’s 130th anniversary exhibition: "1889-2019: Celebration of 130 Years of the IPU". The exhibition tells the rich story of the IPU, linking its past with its present impact.
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Video: 130 years of IPU history in 130 seconds

Video: 130 years of IPU history in 130 seconds

Discover 130 years of IPU history in this 130-second video. What began in 1889 as a small group of parliamentarians, dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue, has since grown into the global organization of national parliaments. By
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IPU and UN support Sahel Parliaments in the fight against terrorism

In an area vulnerable to terrorism and violent extremism, the IPU, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with the National Assembly of Niger, organized a conference for parliamentarians from the region in Niamey from 12 to 14 June 2019.
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IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and NPC Standing Committee Secretary General Yang Zhenwu signing the agreement on this donation.

Chinese Parliament donates USD1 million to IPU counter-terrorism programme

The National People’s Congress of China will donate USD 1 million to the IPU for its work on countering terrorism and violent extremism. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and NPC Standing Committee Secretary General Yang Zhenwu signed the agreement today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Mr. Chungong was in Beijing for an interregional conference on building parliamentary capacity and the further implementation of SDGs.
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Hungary kicks off the IPU’s 130th anniversary

The Hungarian Parliament was the first IPU member to celebrate the IPU’s 130th anniversary at a special event in the National Assembly in Budapest on 5 June 2019. At the event, the Hungarian Post Office released two commemoration stamps designed by artist Eszter Domé, showing the Hungarian National Assembly and the IPU’s headquarters in Geneva.
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Mr. Thomas Sanga, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. © IPU

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines becomes the 179th member of the IPU

The IPU welcomes its 179 th member, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, bringing the IPU one step closer to universal membership. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines joined the IPU at its 140 th Assembly in Doha, Qatar, represented by the Speaker of the Parliament, Mr Thomas Sanga.
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