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Members of the Kenyan Senate attending the seminar.

Kenya: IPU’s gender-sensitive parliament toolkit put into practice

The Kenyan Parliament was the first to use IPU’s new toolkit on evaluating the gender sensitivity of parliaments. The toolkit is an outcome of the Plan of Action for Gender-Sensitive Parliaments adopted in 2012 by the 127th IPU Assembly. It is designed to help parliaments assess themselves on criteria such as women’s representation, the parliamentary culture and the ability to deliver on gender equality. It also assists them in determining how parliaments can be transformed into gender-sensitive institutions.
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GPEDC calls for more parliamentary oversight in national and international commitments

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other national and international commitments should be submitted to parliaments for review. This was one of the actions called for by parliamentarians attending the Parliamentary Forum at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).
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Discussing action on climate change.

World’s MPs gather in Marrakech for Climate Change Conference

The Parliamentary Meeting at COP 22 held in Marrakech showed that parliamentarians everywhere are aware of the need to take concrete action on climate change, in particular as it concerns legislating for the nationally determined contributions (NDCs), transition to renewable energy and transfer of technologies.
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Participants at the Regional Seminar on the SDGs.

Parliaments from South America and the Caribbean mobilize around the SDGs

A Regional Seminar on the SDGs organized by IPU and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) provided a platform for MPs to exchange ideas about the opportunities and challenges associated with achieving the SDGs. The parliamentarians discussed how parliaments can effectively engage in policymaking to facilitate the implementation of the SDGs in the region and their own countries.
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IPU President Saber Chowdhury and Speaker of Parliament, Ms. Maja Gojkovic.

Serbia celebrates 125th anniversary of IPU membership

On 5 December, IPU President Saber Chowdhury paid an official visit to Serbia at the invitation of the Speaker of Parliament, Ms. Maja Gojkovic, to participate in celebrations to mark the Parliament’s 125th anniversary of its membership of the IPU. The Serbian Parliament was one of the first Members of the IPU, having joined soon after the Organization’s inception, in 1891.
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Martin Chungong and Ms. Gerda Verbung, Coordinator of SUN.

IPU Secretary General renews commitment to fighting malnutrition

Malnutrition affects billions of people throughout the world, killing around three million children annually, according to UNICEF. The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement was set up to respond to this crisis, with a mission to eliminate malnutrition by 2030. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong is one of the 29 global leaders appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to shape SUN's efforts to eradicate malnutrition. On 17 November, Mr. Chungong met with Ms. Gerda Verbung, Coordinator of SUN, to discuss how to translate the collaboration between the two institutions into action.
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IPU participates in Geneva Peace Week

How can countries ensure that peace, once established, is sustainable? And what can be done about inequality, which, if allowed to persist, can be a threat to peace?
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IPU concerned about detained Turkish MPs

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is concerned about the recent arrests and detention of parliamentarians from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey. The Organization is particularly worried by the allegations that these MPs may have been targeted in response to
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IPU and CERN to work together for peace

The heads of IPU and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) signed a cooperation agreement that aims to promote initiatives for peace and intercultural dialogue; facilitate exchanges between the scientific community and parliamentarians; and raise parliamentarians’ awareness of the
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Martin Changing speaking to the National Assembly of Benin

IPU Secretary General calls for ongoing efforts to strengthen democracy in Benin

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong was invited to address the opening ceremony of the second regular session of the National Assembly of Benin by the Speaker, Mr. Houngbédji, who is committed to strengthening cooperation between the Parliament and the IPU.
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IPU President Saber Chowdhury in Turkey

Statement by the IPU President during his visit to Ankara

I am pleased to be in Ankara today, at the invitation of Mr. Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. We have had substantive and productive discussions, and I very much look forward to our cooperation ahead
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Martin Chungong addressing the Presidents of the African and Arab Parliaments.

IPU Secretary General congratulates Egyptian Parliament on its 150th anniversary

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong congratulated the Egyptian Parliament on its 150th anniversary and called on all political stakeholders to reflect in this historical moment on the need to build a stronger and more democratic parliament. Addressing a ceremony in
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IPU Secretary General welcomes new Ambassadors from Bulgaria, Israel and Togo

In a round of courtesy visits with new Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong met with Ambassadors Deyana Kostadinova of Bulgaria, Aviva Raz Shechter of Israel and Yackoley Johnson of Togo. “I am
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Children are the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of malnutrition. 

IPU part of global efforts to eradicate malnutrition

Malnutrition is a silent emergency that affects billions of people. The United Nations estimates that one in three people are impacted with some 156 million children suffering from stunted growth and 99 million from underweight.
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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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