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Dangers of deepfakes for parliamentarians

In 2019, when Italy’s former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made a bewildering appearance on a satirical news show, hurling insults at his political counterparts, threatening to leave and using inappropriate language, he caused a massive stir. However, soon after the
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middle east questions

Meeting of the IPU Committee on Middle East Questions

The IPU Committee on Middle East Questions held an extraordinary virtual meeting on 5 February 2024, against the backdrop of the protracted conflict in Gaza. The meeting, chaired by the President of the Committee, Mr. Hubert Julien-Laferrière of France, brought
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European elections

2024: A super election year?

According to the latest data compiled by the IPU on its data platform, Parline, 72 elections or renewals of parliamentary chambers will take place this year, compared to 65 last year. Among those, 55 parliamentary chambers will be directly elected
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Gabon

Gabon: Supporting efforts for a return to constitutional order

Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, has just concluded a mission to Gabon at the invitation of the President of the Transitional National Assembly, Jean-François Ndongou, to meet the authorities in charge of the country’s transition. The visit is part of
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AI

Parliaments and AI: Going beyond the buzz

Huge strides in artificial intelligence (AI) have dominated the headlines these past few months. But beyond the buzz, what are the risks but also the opportunities when it comes to democracy, human rights and the rule of law? Will AI
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Tulia Ackson

Eliminating violence against women in African parliaments: Tulia Ackson opens her first event as IPU President

As part of her three-day visit to IPU Headquarters, newly elected IPU President Tulia Ackson spoke at a webinar on violence against women in African parliaments, organized by the IPU in partnership with the African Parliamentary Union (APU). The webinar
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Bahamas

IPU welcomes the Bahamas, its 180th Member

The IPU has taken one step closer to universal membership with the addition of its newest Member, the Parliament of the Bahamas, at the 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda, Angola. Minister and parliamentarian, Ms. Pia Glover-Rolle, said: “We share many
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Om Birla, Speaker of the Parliament of India

Heads of Parliament of the world’s largest economies convene in New Delhi

The Parliament of India, in cooperation with the IPU, brought together parliamentary leaders from the world’s 20 major economies at the Ninth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit and Parliamentary Forum , the so-called P20, on 13-14 October in New Delhi, India
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bangladesh

Preparing democracy for what’s to come: Committees of the Future

The Second World Summit of the Committees of the Future, organized jointly by the Parliament of Uruguay and the IPU, will bring together parliamentarians from around the world to explore how to integrate tomorrow’s challenges into today’s decision-making.
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young mps

11 young MPs who are helping to rejuvenate parliaments worldwide

The IPU’s Forum of Young Parliamentarians is a unique global body created 10 years ago to boost youth participation in parliaments and to allow young lawmakers to network among their peers. The Forum is all the more important as, according
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Candidates

IPU to elect new President in October 2023

The IPU Member Parliaments will elect their 31st President at the forthcoming 147th IPU Assembly to be held in Luanda, Angola from 23 to 27 October. The IPU President is the political head of the organization. He or she chairs
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Climate change

Make democracy work better for the climate

With the summer of 2023 set to be the hottest on record, time is rapidly running out to keep global warming under the Paris Agreement target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Climate action has become the number one strategic priority for
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Bundestag

Babies on the back benches

We need more women in parliament, but without childcare support we stand little chance of reaching gender parity. Parliaments can change this, one crèche at a time.
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Sierra Leone

Record number of women MPs elected in Sierra Leone

Following recent elections, women lawmakers now account for 30.4% of the elected seats in the Sierra Leone Parliament , up from 14.5% in the previous election. The surge in women MPs is largely thanks to the Gender Equality and Women's
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SDG seminar

Sharing good practices on sustainable development

Jointly organized by the IPU and the National People's Congress (NPC) of China, the Fifth Interregional Seminar on the Achievement of the SDGs provided parliaments from developing countries with the opportunity to share experiences and good practices on how to
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OHCHR

The CEDAW Handbook: Still a vital tool, 20 years later

In 1979, the United Nations adopted a global treaty to make gender inequality a thing of the past. 189 countries have since ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). A Handbook first
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CEDAW

IPU and OHCHR emphasize role of parliaments in eliminating discrimination against women

On 22 June, the IPU and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), organized a parliamentary roundtable Parliaments and women’s rights: Implementing CEDAW, realizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for all . The hybrid
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ISY

Shout out to Youth Changemakers!

To mark the two-year anniversary of the I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament! campaign, the IPU organized an online event called Shout Out to Youth Changemakers on 24 May 2023. The gathering served as a platform for taking stock
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ICISE

IPU partners with the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education

The IPU and the International Centre for Interdisciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to bridge the gap between the worlds of science and policy by facilitating exchanges between parliamentarians and the scientific
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Science Diplomacy Week

IPU partners with Science Diplomacy Week

For the second year running, the IPU is joining the Geneva Coalition on Anticipatory Science and Diplomacy in organizing Science Diplomacy Week from 8-12 May. Initiated in 2022 by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator Foundation (GESDA), in partnership with
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