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Venezuelan National Assembly

IPU calls to release detained Venezuelan MPs more critical during pandemic

The IPU continues to be concerned about the fate of opposition MPs in detention in Venezuela particularly in Iight of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, people in prison and other confined places of detention, are more
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How to run a parliament during a pandemic: Q and A

Parliaments are currently subject to the same public health and social distancing measures as schools, places of worship or businesses. Yet, in a time of crisis, the role of parliament is more vital than ever to pass emergency laws, allocate
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IPU supporting parliaments during pandemic

During the COVID-19 global health emergency, Parliaments have a vital role to play in supporting national efforts to stem the pandemic and in mobilizing the resources to implement the health measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). They are
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Video: Women, peace and security

Watch the second in our short video series for parliamentarians on UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 to celebrate Women’s History Month. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
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Video: Five things you can do to improve gender equality in leadership

Watch the first in a series of short videos on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first video on SDG 5 "Gender Equality" looks at how you can take concrete actions to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal
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Seminar in Myanmar

Parliaments for peace: IPU seminar in Myanmar

A strong and representative parliament can make all the difference in building peace and fostering reconciliation in post-conflict situations. As part of its long-standing work in strengthening the Myanmar Parliament (the Hluttaw), the IPU and the parliament organized a three-day
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Training in Myanmar

A new guide to the Common Principles

The IPU has just published Putting parliamentary self-development into practice: A Guide to the Common Principles for Support to Parliaments. As the global organization of national parliaments, one of the IPU’s core functions is to strengthen parliaments. The Common Principles
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IPU Annual Hearing to focus on education

On 17 and 18 February, the IPU and the United Nations, represented by the President of the General Assembly, will bring together close to 200 parliamentarians from over 60 countries, as well as diplomats, representatives from civil society, and experts
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Forum of Women MPs

Serbia steps up efforts for gender parity

The Serbian Parliament has announced an amendment to its electoral laws with a new minimum quota of 40 per cent of candidates on electoral lists for parliamentary and local elections from the less-represented gender. The Parliament adopted amendments to two
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Martin Chungong

Martin Chungong appointed Chair of International Gender Champions Global Board

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has become the Chair of the Global Board of the International Gender Champions (IGC), a leadership network that works to break down gender barriers in international organizations, governments, civil society and the private sector. Mr
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MPs at 140 IPU Assembly

Over 30 per cent of parliaments surveyed pass new legislation thanks to IPU

In a recent survey of IPU Member Parliaments, 31 per cent of respondents confirmed that new legislation had been put in place as a direct result of IPU assemblies, programmes, initiatives and resolutions. Of the sample, 75 per cent also
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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Greetings 2019/2020

2019: A year of milestones and memorable moments

Discover our end-of-year animation here.
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“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.
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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
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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
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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
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