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How 6 countries are fighting climate change with legislation

Climate change has no simple solutions – that’s why the IPU has partnered with the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics (LSE) to create an easy-to-access legislation database to share good practices among parliamentarians globally. Here’s how it can help parliamentarians tackle climate change.
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Here’s how African parliaments are addressing the climate crisis

There is no longer any doubt: developing countries are paying the price for human-induced climate change, despite being the least responsible for it. Some sources estimate that the Global North is responsible for 92% of excess historic global CO2 emissions
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Yemen

IPU signs agreement with Yemen Parliament

The IPU has signed a cooperation agreement with the House of Representatives of Yemen. The agreement was signed on 4 November by Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, and Sultan Al Burkani, Speaker of the Yemeni House of Representatives. It is
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Rwanda

145th IPU Assembly votes to debate emergency item on Ukraine

The 145 th IPU Assembly, taking place this week in Kigali, Rwanda, has voted to debate an emergency resolution entitled Condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and of the subsequent annexation of territories in defence of the territorial integrity of
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Parliamentary leaders call on G20 to actively engage with parliaments

The Parliament of Indonesia, in cooperation with the IPU, brought together parliamentary leaders from the world’s 20 major economies at the Parliamentary Forum and the Eighth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit, the ‘P20’, which took place from 5-7 October in Jakarta
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IPU welcomes Malaysian MPs to discuss food security

This week, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong welcomed a delegation of MPs from the Parliament of Malaysia to the House of Parliaments. The delegation comprised members of the Malaysian Parliament’s Special Select Committee on Agriculture and Domestic Trade. On the
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Global parliamentary solidarity for those forced to flee because of climate change and conflict

Communities impacted by climate change are often already struggling with poverty. Floods, storms, unreliable rainfall, and hotter and drier conditions further affect access to human rights and basic needs such as water, food, livelihoods and land. Sometimes, the consequences of
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Five ways women parliamentarians can get ahead in politics

As Liz Truss becomes the UK’s next PM, here’s how women parliamentarians can gain ground in politics. Succeeding in politics is tough – succeeding as a woman is even harder. Millions of women around the world face discrimination, sexism and
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Generation Equality: IPU milestones one year on

The IPU has made bold commitments and taken steps towards ensuring women and girls’ voices are heard in decision-making, and that young women are politically empowered. The IPU collaborates with strong partners such as the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), a
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Asia-Pacific parliamentarians call on carbon polluters to reduce emissions

Dozens of parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region have called on the big carbon polluters to shoulder more responsibility for climate change and to meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement. The parliamentarians met in Islamabad, Pakistan, on 13-14 September, for
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women

How to mitigate these five threats to democracy

Democratization is under pressure across the globe. Here are five major threats to democracy, and how to mitigate them. Democracy is as precarious as it is precious. Some 25 years after the IPU issued its Universal Declaration on Democracy, its
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Tanzila Norbaeva

Five things to know about Women Speakers of Parliament

As the IPU 14th Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament approaches, here’s everything you need to know about the state of play for today’s female leaders. It’s no secret that women have had to put up a tenacious fight to
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Parliamentarians in Djibouti turn the spotlight on human rights

Parliamentarians from the National Assembly of Djibouti have been showcasing their work to promote and protect human rights through a new communications campaign launched by the President of the National Assembly and targeted at the country’s citizens. The campaign is
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IPU welcomes delegation from Mongolia to mark the signing of a new MoU

The House of Parliaments welcomed a high-level delegation from Mongolia on 15 August. Led by the Secretary General of the Mongolian Parliament, Ms. Luvsandorj Ulziisaikhan, the delegation included parliamentary and government officials, as well as representatives from the Swiss Cooperation
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Blas Llano and Patrick Kemper

Do you say yes to youth? 1 year of the IPU’s campaign

On this International Youth Day, the IPU congratulates all the young MPs making a mark in their respective parliaments. They are the future of democracy but with less than 3% of MPs under 30, young people remain severely under-represented. Increasing
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Mia Mottley

Climate action: These seven women MPs are leading the way

Research shows that female political leadership directs countries to adopt more robust climate change policies. Even though women globally are just 26.4 per cent of all parliamentarians, they are able to make a disproportionate impact. These seven representative women MPs
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Lusophone parliaments commit to action on climate change

The National Assembly of Cabo Verde hosted a meeting of the IPU’s Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries last week in Praia on the theme Climate change in the face of the challenges of sustainable development. The Portuguese-speaking parliaments shared the specific
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Celebrating the 133rd IPU Anniversary in Uruguay

The IPU Executive Committee met this week in Montevideo, Uruguay, for its 288 th session as well as to celebrate the 133 rd anniversary of the IPU on International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June. In parallel, the IPU, in
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New UN General Assembly resolution reinforces cooperation with IPU

A new resolution on the interaction between the United Nations, parliaments and the IPU was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 21 June 2022. The resolution reaffirms the commitment of the UN and the IPU to deepen the
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Parliamentary conference calls for stronger international solidarity to protect refugees

Some 300 parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, including 16 Speakers and Deputy Speakers, from over 50 countries convened in Türkiye on 20-21 June for a global parliamentary conference on migration, organized jointly by the IPU and the Grand National Assembly of
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