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Three ways you can decarbonize your parliament

One of the key objectives of the IPU’s new climate change campaign Parliaments for the Planet is to encourage parliaments and parliamentarians to become greener and lead by example. Here are some tips on how to get your parliament on the road to net-zero.
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The IPCC’s 6th world warning. What does it mean for parliamentarians?

The IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report is sobering reading - and should galvanize action around the world. Parliamentarians are on the frontline.
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Tribute to President Abdelwahad Radi (1935-2023)

It is with great sadness that the IPU has learned of the passing on 26 March 2023 of former IPU President, Mr. Abdelwahad Radi. Mr. Radi was born in 1935 in Salé, Morocco. His political career started in his student
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IPU elects new Presidents of young MPs and women MPs

At the 146th IPU Assembly in Manama, Bahrain, IPU Members voted in new Presidents of the Bureau of Women Parliamentarians and the Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians. Both Presidents were elected for two-year terms. They will also serve
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Cremer-Passy Prize

Who will be the MP of the year?

Nominations are now open for the 2023 edition of the Cremer-Passy Prize. The prize is open to sitting parliamentarians who make an outstanding contribution to the defence and promotion of the IPU’s objectives, as well as those ”who contribute to
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Jewel Howard-Taylor

Welcome back Liberia – the youngest and oldest member of the IPU

At the 146th IPU Assembly in Manama, Bahrain this week, the IPU welcomed back the Liberian Parliament to its global parliamentary community. With the return of Liberia, IPU Membership now stands at 179 National Parliaments worldwide, with all African countries
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Celebrating 10 women MPs who are active on IPU committees

As the IPU celebrates International Women’s Day, these are just some of the inspiring women MPs working actively in the IPU’s committees to promote gender equality, youth participation, peace and sustainable development. Sahar Albazar, Egypt President of the Board of
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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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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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From pitch to parliament: how four leading footballers became parliamentarians

George Weah, Liberia The Liberian footballer-turned-president was named African, European and World player of the year in 1995, becoming the first and only African player to win the latter two awards while representing his country internationally. Weah began his career
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IPU and CERN launch the Science for peace schools

The Science for Peace Schools is a new pilot annual training scheme for parliamentary staff designed to bridge the worlds of science and politics. Launched by the IPU and the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) , the first edition
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Violence against women parliamentarians: Causes, effects, solutions

Women account for just over 26% of parliamentarians worldwide according to the IPU’s latest figures. Despite progress made in recent years, significant obstacles continue to block their path to parity with their male counterparts. One of the biggest obstacles is
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IPU and UN mobilize parliaments to support children’s rights

In the lead-up to 20 November, World Children’s Day, the IPU and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have released a joint statement on the role of parliaments in the implementation of the Convention on the
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How 6 countries are fighting climate change with legislation

Climate change has no simple solutions – that’s why the IPU has partnered with the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics (LSE) to create an easy-to-access legislation database to share good practices among parliamentarians globally. Here’s how it can help parliamentarians tackle climate change.
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Here’s how African parliaments are addressing the climate crisis

There is no longer any doubt: developing countries are paying the price for human-induced climate change, despite being the least responsible for it. Some sources estimate that the Global North is responsible for 92% of excess historic global CO2 emissions
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IPU signs agreement with Yemen Parliament

The IPU has signed a cooperation agreement with the House of Representatives of Yemen. The agreement was signed on 4 November by Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, and Sultan Al Burkani, Speaker of the Yemeni House of Representatives. It is
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Rwanda

145th IPU Assembly votes to debate emergency item on Ukraine

The 145 th IPU Assembly, taking place this week in Kigali, Rwanda, has voted to debate an emergency resolution entitled Condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and of the subsequent annexation of territories in defence of the territorial integrity of
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Parliamentary leaders call on G20 to actively engage with parliaments

The Parliament of Indonesia, in cooperation with the IPU, brought together parliamentary leaders from the world’s 20 major economies at the Parliamentary Forum and the Eighth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit , the ‘P20’, which took place from 5-7 October in
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