Skip to main content

News in brief

Displaying 21 - 40 of 244 items

News in brief
© IPU/C. Montant

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.
Read more
News in brief
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.
Read more
News in brief
© Office of the Hungarian National Assembly

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.
Read more
News in brief
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.
Read more
News in brief
Woman cycling with child

Implementing the Paris Agreement in Zimbabwe and Burundi

The IPU and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) have organized recently two workshops to help the parliaments of Zimbabwe and Burundi put in place the Paris Agreement on climate change. Over 300 MPs and parliamentary staff attended the
Read more
News in brief
Chad law

Helping the Chad Parliament draft better laws

/*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ /*--> */ As part of the IPU’s technical support to parliaments, a group of experts from the IPU
Read more
News in brief

Ready for another 130 years of empowering parliaments

“When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the great French theorists of democracy of the 19 th century. As the IPU enters its 130 th year, the spirit of our founding members is still very much alive at a time when parliamentary democracy is threatened in many parts of the world. This year, we look forward to celebrating our anniversary with you, by looking back at our rich history, in order to guide and illuminate us for the future.
Read more
News in brief

UK Parliament makes ‘steady progress’ on gender equality

The UK Gender Sensitive Parliament Audit , published today, finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament, but there are still too many barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Read more
News in brief
solar panels

MPs call for bolder action to fight climate change

Nearly 200 parliamentarians and climate experts have called for urgent and bold action to implement the Paris Agreement before it’s too late. At a parliamentary meeting on 9 December in Krakow, Poland, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP24, they set out their vision of the measures needed to limit global warming.
Read more
News in brief
trade

Parliamentarians push for bigger role at WTO

Members of Parliament called for stronger ties between parliaments and the WTO at a time when the rules-based multilateral trading system is in deepening crisis. At the annual session of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization (PCWTO), the IPU and the European Parliament called for WTO members to strengthen the parliamentary dimension of the WTO to ensure its democratic legitimacy. .
Read more
News in brief
A Central American migrant boy, plays in a tent while camping near a closed temporary shelter a few meters from the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on December 5, 2018

Bringing a parliamentary dimension to the Global Compact on Migration

Preceding the Intergovernmental Conference on Migration taking place in Marrakech from 10 to 11 December 2018, MPs met at a parliamentary conference in Rabat, organized by the IPU and the Moroccan Parliament, from 6 to 7 December. The parliamentary conference follows the Declaration on Strengthening the Global Regime for Migrants and Refugees adopted by MPs during the IPU’s 138 th Assembly in March 2018.
Read more
News in brief

Parliaments promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law

The IPU and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) brought together close to 20 Parliaments, dozens of MPs, representatives of civil society, and the wider international community to the second session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on 22-23 November in Geneva. The second session focused on the role that parliaments play in promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Read more
News in brief
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih © AFP

IPU welcomes smooth transition in the Maldives

On the day of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s inauguration as President, the IPU welcomes the positive developments in the Maldives after years of political instability. The IPU has been actively involved in the peace-building process in Maldives, notably defending the rights
Read more
News in brief

Parliaments working without borders on the global goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a blueprint for ensuring a better and sustainable future for everyone. Parliaments play a crucial role in driving that agenda and ensuring progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the global goals. The IPU, as the global convener of parliaments, has held almost 20 regional SDG seminars over the last few years, as well as several national ones. The next regional seminar in this series takes place in Jerusalem from 20 to 22 November 2018.
Read more
News in brief
Statelessness handbook cover

IPU and UNHCR call for parliamentary action to end statelessness

The IPU and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published today Good practices in nationality laws for the prevention and reduction of statelessness , a new handbook for policy makers and legislators. The handbook is designed to help parliaments to effectively prevent and reduce statelessness.
Read more
News in brief
Group photo of seminar participants

Caribbean parliaments push for action on climate change

Small island developing states (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change: rising sea levels and extreme weather threaten their very existence. Earlier this month, on 5-6 November, parliamentarians from 10 Caribbean countries, including many island states, met at a regional seminar in Suriname to discuss measures to combat climate change. Participants included the Speakers from Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.
Read more
News in brief
Participants at seminar

Caribbean parliaments push for action on climate change

Small island developing states (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change: rising sea levels and extreme weather threaten their very existence. Earlier this month, on 5-6 November, parliamentarians from 10 Caribbean countries, including many island states, met at a regional
Read more
News in brief

Celebrating Geneva Peace Week

The IPU will be co-organizing two events during Geneva Peace Week from 5 to 9 November 2018.
Read more
News in brief
Group photo

IPU wraps up the P20

In the run-up to the G20 Summit, Speakers of Parliament from the 20 leading economies of the world have committed to working together to address challenges such as the future of work, financing development, the fight against corruption, the empowerment of women and youth, education, and a renewed commitment to multilateralism.
Read more
News in brief
Rohingya refugees

IPU Member Parliaments walking the talk

Parliamentarians are good at taking the floor to speak. Indeed the origin of the word “parliament” comes from the French "parlementer” - to speak until you reach an agreement. However, beyond the words, IPU Member Parliaments also follow up on IPU assemblies, initiatives and resolutions with concrete actions. At the 139 th Assembly in October 2018, IPU Member Parliaments reported on measures they had taken over the past years as a result of IPU activity.
Read more