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Climate change took centre stage at the 144th Assembly of the IPU

Hosted by the Indonesian Parliament, the 144th Assembly of the IPU brought together some 110 national parliaments on the theme ‘Getting to zero: Mobilizing parliaments to act on climate change’. The Assembly concluded with the adoption of the Nusa Dua
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IPU Secretary General welcomes EC Vice President Vera Jourova

IPU welcomes EC Vice President Vera Jourova

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong welcomed European Commission Vice President Ms. Vera Jourova to the House of Parliaments on 25 April. Ms Jourova leads the Commission’s work on values and transparency and upholding the rule of law. Vice President Jourova
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climate change

Our planet, our health, our parliaments

April 7 marks World Health Day, a day which has taken on a new sense of urgency with the climate crisis. Almost all consequences of climate change directly affect human lives. Climate change is the single biggest threat to health
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Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth

In a good example of parliamentary outreach to young people, the second edition of the Guyana National Youth Debating Competition takes place on Friday, 8 April. Some 16 youth groups will participate in the event with the objective of connecting
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Parliament for Tolerance

IPU President addresses International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace

On 27 March, IPU President, Duarte Pacheco addressed the Ninth Plenary Session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, hosted by the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates. With the backdrop of war in Ukraine, the President
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IPU Assembly

IPU Assembly to debate emergency resolution on Ukraine

The IPU 144th Assembly has decided to debate a last-minute emergency resolution Peaceful resolution of the war in Ukraine, respecting international law, the Charter of the United Nations and territorial integrity, submitted by the delegation of New Zealand on 21
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Making the world a safer place: 130 years of IPB

On the 130th Anniversary of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), the IPB and the IPU co-hosted a virtual gathering to celebrate 130 years of action to promote peace. Achieving peace is a core commitment of both the IPU and the
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Kenya

Elections in 2022 - the ones to watch

2022 is set to be a dynamic year for voting worldwide. Several elections could reshape the parliamentary makeup in many countries. According to Parline, the IPU’s open data platform on parliaments, in 2022 there will be 31 elections for the
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Cecilia Widegren

IPU facilitates discussions between Nordic MPs and WHO

The IPU opened its doors to its first 2022 in-person delegation of parliamentarians with a dozen MPs visiting from Denmark, Finland and Sweden on 27-28 January to learn more about the IPU’s work. Led by Ms. Cecilia Widegren, Head of
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MP of the year: The new Cremer-Passy Award

The IPU is pleased to announce a new prize: the Cremer-Passy prize. The prize will be awarded annually to an MP or MPs whose exceptional actions contributes to a more united, fair, secure, sustainable and equitable future. Named after the
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Niger

African parliaments talk openly about sexism

Following the publication of the IPU’s regional study on Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, many African parliaments accepted the IPU’s call to amplify the findings of the study and talk about sexism with the following
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IPU’s I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament! campaign goes global

Just over ten years ago, IPU Member Parliaments adopted a landmark resolution on youth participation to encourage the rejuvenation of parliaments. Since then, parliaments from around the world have made some limited progress in its implementation. However, the level of youth representation in parliament, as measured regularly by the IPU, remains low. Half the world’s population is under 30 and yet only 2.6% of MPs globally represent this age group.
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Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art

In light of the significance of the recent report, Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, the IPU commissioned a talented artist to help visually portray the extent of this scourge in legislatures across the continent. Annick
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Bangladesh

Helping parliamentarians budget to achieve the SDGs

The financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic risk derailing progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To help mitigate this risk, the IPU has published a new tool for parliamentarians: Guidelines for parliamentarians on budgeting for
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New German Parliament is younger and more female

As the new German Bundestag sits for the first time on 26 October, IPU data shows that it has more women MPs and that the number of young MPs has significantly increased compared with the previous legislature elected in 2017
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Nepal

Why Disaster Risk Reduction is everyone’s business, especially parliamentarians

A new toolkit from the IPU and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), released in time for the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, explains the importance of DRR and how to implement it.
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This is how parliaments have taken legislative action against climate change

At the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, Ms. Xiye Bastida, an 18-year-old climate activist from Mexico, had a message for the parliamentarians present: “The climate crisis is generational injustice. And you have the power to develop smart, just and holistic legislation.” This was a call for all parliamentarians to act, and to act now, to maximize their legislative power in reducing the risks of climate change.
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Seven ways parliamentarians can make a difference on climate change

Seven concrete ways parliamentarians can make a difference to mitigate the effects of climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
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First global parliamentary meeting on achieving the SDGs

Some 70 parliaments, representing all the regions of the world attended the First Global Parliamentary Meeting on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Turning the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic into opportunities for parliaments to achieve the SDGs this week
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Gargling, hazmat suits and pictograms: How to organize a large in-person conference in a time of COVID

The first major international in-person event held by the IPU in 18 months, the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, took place in early September in Vienna, Austria. The event’s success in bringing 900 people safely together from all
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