The Speaker of Djibouti’s National Assembly, Mohamed Ali Houmed, opened an extraordinary session of the Parliament with a speech to mark the IPU’s 130th anniversary. The Prime Minister, Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, was in the audience. The Parliament also helped raise awareness of the IPU and the anniversary by sending out the link to the video produced for the anniversary to all the MPs.
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The Parliament of Bangladesh is currently displaying the IPU’s 130th anniversary exhibition. The exhibition was opened by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Speaker of Parliament Shirin Chaudhury and IPU Honorary President Saber H. Chowdhury were present at the opening, as were whips and other members of parliament.
On 30 June, International Day of Parliamentarism, the IPU celebrated its 130th anniversary in a ‘Quintet’ consisting of the Presidents of the most recent and future IPU Assemblies.
Gathered in Paris, at the Senate and the National Assembly, to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first meeting of the IPU on 29 and 30 June 1889 in Paris, the French and British Groups of the IPU reaffirm in the following statement their commitment to the values that guided the founding of the IPU and which continue to inspire our inter-parliamentary engagement and activities today.
On 25 June, as part of the IPU's 130th anniversary celebrations, the Chair and Executive Committee of the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) invited members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to attend a diplomatic reception in Speaker’s House. Members of the Diplomatic Corps, key stakeholders in the UK Parliament and a visiting delegation from the Italian Parliament were also invited (Italy was one of the nine original member countries of the IPU, along with the co-founders United Kingdom and France).
The Russian Parliament has issued a commemorative stamp for the International Day of Parliamentarism and the IPU’s 130th anniversary on 30 June.
The National Assembly of Serbia is displaying the IPU’s 130th anniversary exhibition: "1889-2019: Celebration of 130 Years of the IPU". The exhibition tells the rich story of the IPU, linking its past with its present impact.
Discover 130 years of IPU history in this 130-second video.
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.
The National People’s Congress (NPC) of China will donate USD 1 million to the IPU for its work on countering terrorism and violent extremism within the framework of a joint project with the United Nations Office for Drug and Crime (UNODC), and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT). IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and NPC Standing Committee Secretary General Yang Zhenwu signed the agreement on this donation today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The IPU Secretary General was in Beijing for an interregional conference on building parliamentary capacity and the further implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which takes place in Beijing from 12 to 14 June 2019.