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World MPs highlight unique parliamentary role in AIDS fight

IPU's Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Paddy Torsney, has stressed to the UN’s High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS the essential role of MPs and national parliaments in combating the disease. Presenting the conclusions of IPU’s parliamentary meeting , she
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African MPs join forces to tackle child labour

MPs from across West and Central Africa have agreed to cooperate more closely to combat large-scale child trafficking and labour. A seminar in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, focused on ways of stepping up action, including strategies to work more effectively
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Mauritania female MPs in move to protect women and girls

An agreement has been reached in Mauritania on action necessary to protect women and girls from child marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other violence. The priorities set by women MPs include robust new laws and other measures targeted at
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Kyrgyz Speaker’s visit opens new chapter in IPU ties

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has met a cross-party parliamentary delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss avenues for closer cooperation.
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IPU President inspires Lithuanian MPs on SDGs

IPU President Saber Chowdhury has made a speech to the Lithuanian Parliament in the capital Vilnius, calling on MPs to ensure that the country produces a robust plan to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He said parliamentarians had a
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IPU urges diversity, dialogue and non-violence in Turkish politics

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong stressed the importance of a diverse parliament that is representative of all groups and views in the country as a fundamental principle of democracy, at a meeting with the Turkish opposition MP Selahattin Demirtas in Geneva.
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IPU Secretary General commits to mobilizing parliaments in historic WHA speech

In a historic double-first at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has delivered a speech committing IPU to mobilizing parliaments for more successful outcomes on health, and has attended the first-ever parliamentary event at the
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IPU Secretary General sets out Gender Champions vision

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has stressed the organization's commitment to working for gender equality and has outlined strategic steps necessary for progress. In an address to the mid-year review of the International Geneva Gender Champions initiative, Mr Chungong described
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The 17 SDGS commit countries to act on a huge range of development issues including climate change

Central and East European Parliaments follow up on SDGs

MPs from Central and East European Parliaments will continue work on defining opportunities and challenges they and their parliaments face in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when they meet in Romania next month. The gathering on 18-19 April follows
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World MPs discuss boosting women in politics

MPs from across the world called for a paradigm shift in attitudes to women’s participation in political processes within parliaments, political parties and society. The call came at the 134th IPU Assembly in Lusaka last week during a session on
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New name for IPU women MPs’ group

IPU’s Meeting of Women Parliamentarians, which for more than 30 years has been a unique opportunity for women MPs globally to meet in person and provide input into international decision-making, has a new name – the Forum of Women Parliamentarians.
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IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and Egyptian Speaker Ali Abd Elall Sayed Ahmed have signed an agreement on future cooperation.

IPU team completes Egypt parliament mission

An IPU team has completed a mission to Egypt, assessing the needs of the country’s parliament for the next phase of its development. The team explored a wide number of areas, including how to strengthen MPs in all aspects of
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MPs from 18 different countries gathered in Côte d'Ivoire to take part in the seminar.

African MPs take new steps towards tackling WMDs

Members of Parliament from across Africa have recommended fresh action to halt the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), after a seminar in Côte d’Ivoire. More than 70 MPs from 18 countries took part in the seminar, the first
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IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong attended a signing ceremony in Ottawa with Canadian International Co-operation Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Canada funding agreement to boost IPU's work on gender equality

Canada has signed an agreement with IPU to provide two million Canadian dollars in funding to help women parliamentarians in developing countries play a stronger leadership role. The grant from Global Affairs Canada will be used by IPU to help
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IPU Assembly to seek ways to rejuvenate democracy

IPU Members attending the 134th Assembly in Zambia (19-23 March) will address the critical question of how to rejuvenate democracy and give voice to youth. The Assembly will seek ways to reverse waning youth interest in formal politics - a
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Young MPs to focus on delivering development to all

Young Members of Parliament are set to define their role in delivering the new generation of development goals when they meet at their annual Global Conference in Zambia next month. Agenda 2030: Youth leading the way, leaving no-one behind, jointly
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African MPs propose fresh action on migration

Members of Parliament at a conference on African migration have recommended a series of steps to help ensure the maximum benefit migrants could provide to their countries of origin and destination. The MPs from 15 African countries proposed action, including
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South Asia Speakers' Summit pledges action on tobacco and SDGs

Parliamentary leaders will meet in New York on 17-18 November for the Second Preparatory Committee of the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament. The Committee will define the main objectives of the 2015 Conference, its overall theme and main elements of the outcome document, exact date and venue.
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Terrorist groups are operating across national borders in parts of Africa, adding to fears about the possible spread of WMDs

Halting spread of WMDs in Africa

IPU and the Parliament of Côte d’Ivoire are organizing a workshop to deliver vital information on how parliaments can stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). The event will give MPs from across Africa practical training on the
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IPU President Saber Chowdhury

Major health promotion role for IPU President

IPU President Saber Chowdhury has accepted an invitation to join a high-level group on Every Woman Every Child, a global movement led by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The initiative champions the health of women, children and adolescents. The group
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