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Demonstrators gather in front of a burning car in Kinshasa on September 19, 2016.

IPU calls for restraint and inclusive dialogue in DRC

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) condemns the violence and loss of life following clashes between protestors and security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 19 September. IPU urges all sides to refrain from further violence and to engage
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15 September is the International Day of Democracy

IPU is marking International Day of Democracy 2016 on 15 September with the theme ‘Democracy 2030’ – an invitation and challenge to all parliaments to think about the future of democracy. This includes from the perspectives of young people –
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Leaders pose for a family photo during the 11th G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China on September 4, 2016.

IPU hails decision by China and USA to ratify Paris climate deal

IPU welcomes the announcement made by China and the USA over the weekend of their decision to formally ratify the Paris climate change agreement
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New IPU-UN agreement charts way forward on cooperation

IPU President Saber Chowdhury has welcomed a new UN-IPU cooperation agreement signed yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York
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People hold Turkish flags in Taksim square in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 during a demonstration in support to Turkish president.

Statement on Turkey

IPU has condemned the attempted military coup and attack on Parliament that took place over the weekend in Turkey, strongly deploring the loss of innocent lives during the events. In a statement issued today, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong expressed
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An attack in Nice where a man rammed a truck into a crowd of people, leaving 84 dead and another 18 in a "critical condition".

IPU condemns attack in Nice

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has condemned the attack that took place yesterday in the southern French city of Nice during the 14 July celebrations marking Bastille Day. An armed assailant ploughed a truck through the crowd enjoying the festivities
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IPU outlines crucial role of MPs in stopping the spread of WMDs

The President of IPU's Committee on Peace and International Security, Mexican Senator Laura Rojas, has told a UN review of global efforts to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that MPs, through the IPU, are committed to
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IPU sets out progress as Human Rights Council focuses on parliamentary role

The world’s parliaments and their members play a critical and growing role in ensuring citizens’ rights are upheld, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has told a UN Human Rights Council discussion on parliaments’ role in the Council’s work. Mr Chungong
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IPU helps Zambia Parliament develop new database ahead of SDGs

IPU has deployed a mission to help the Parliament of Zambia develop an electronic database or e-repository to store and share information on behalf of the country's National Assembly. It is part of IPU's undertaking to guide the world's parliaments
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SG and UN Special Rapporteur in talks to end violence against women

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has held talks with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonović, on possible cooperation in supporting parliaments to safeguard the lives and well-being of women and girls. During the talks at
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IPU Secretary General greets new ambassadors

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has received a high number of visits from new permanent representatives to the United Nations in Geneva over recent weeks. The ambassadors have included Ma Zhaoxu of China, Vaqif Sadiqov of Azerbaijan, Kinga Singye of
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IPU deeply shocked at killing of British MP

IPU is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic killing of British MP Jo Cox, who was attacked last week in her constituency. Secretary General Martin Chungong said: “Like many MPs around the world, Jo Cox has worked tirelessly for
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Viet Nam hails key IPU role in development agenda

The Vice-President of Viet Nam has stressed IPU’s critical role in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during talks in Geneva with Secretary General Martin Chungong on 13 June. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh also highlighted IPU’s part in ensuring
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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 said
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IPU Secretary General champions women's empowerment at Geneva event

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has emphasized his personal commitment to gender equality – alongside that of IPU as a whole – at an event on the theme of “The power of empowered women” (#PoEW). It was held under the
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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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