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Ukraine

IPU sets up Task Force for Ukraine

A newly-formed IPU Task Force made up of parliamentarians from around the world met virtually on 25 April to explore possible parliamentary solutions to contribute to an end to the war in Ukraine. This diplomatic effort at the global parliamentary level aims to complement on-going peace efforts at the governmental and UN level.
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Sahar Albazar

Young MPs for climate action: Eighth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians

On 15 and 16 June, some 200 young parliamentarians from 60 countries convened in Sharm-el-Sheikh , Egypt for the Eight IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. The conference was jointly organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Egypt. This
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Australian polling booth

More women and more diversity in new Australian parliament

All 151 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 of the 76 Senate seats were up for reelection in the recent Australian parliament elections. The Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, beat the incumbent Liberal/National coalition government. According to
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zim

Parliamentary public engagement seen around the world

As the international organization of parliaments, the IPU is committed to strengthening the relationship between the elected and the electors. The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and UNDP, focuses on improving that relationship through better engagement
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Martin Chungong

IPU plays key role in coalition to support science diplomacy

Although the concept of “science diplomacy” is barely a decade old, it is becoming a well-established marriage of the two fields in which the soft power of science is harnessed to encourage countries to work together, and diplomacy supports scientific
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gpr trends

To engage citizens more, parliaments should embrace these four trends

The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and United Nations Development Programme, takes a detailed look at why public engagement matters and how parliaments across the world are engaging with their communities. The findings reveal major trends
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climate change

Climate change took centre stage at the 144th Assembly of the IPU

Hosted by the Indonesian Parliament, the 144th Assembly of the IPU brought together some 110 national parliaments on the theme ‘Getting to zero: Mobilizing parliaments to act on climate change’. The Assembly concluded with the adoption of the Nusa Dua
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IPU Secretary General welcomes EC Vice President Vera Jourova

IPU welcomes EC Vice President Vera Jourova

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong welcomed European Commission Vice President Ms. Vera Jourova to the House of Parliaments on 25 April. Ms Jourova leads the Commission’s work on values and transparency and upholding the rule of law. Vice President Jourova
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climate change

Our planet, our health, our parliaments

April 7 marks World Health Day, a day which has taken on a new sense of urgency with the climate crisis. Almost all consequences of climate change directly affect human lives. Climate change is the single biggest threat to health
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Guyana speaker

Guyana Parliament reaches out to youth

In a good example of parliamentary outreach to young people, the second edition of the Guyana National Youth Debating Competition takes place on Friday, 8 April. Some 16 youth groups will participate in the event with the objective of connecting
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Parliament for Tolerance

IPU President addresses International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace

On 27 March, IPU President, Duarte Pacheco addressed the Ninth Plenary Session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, hosted by the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates. With the backdrop of war in Ukraine, the President
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IPU Assembly

IPU Assembly to debate emergency resolution on Ukraine

The IPU 144 th Assembly has decided to debate a last-minute emergency resolution Peaceful resolution of the war in Ukraine, respecting international law, the Charter of the United Nations and territorial integrity, submitted by the delegation of New Zealand on
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rwanda memorial

Making the world a safer place: 130 years of IPB

On the 130th Anniversary of the International Peace Bureau (IPB), the IPB and the IPU co-hosted a virtual gathering to celebrate 130 years of action to promote peace. Achieving peace is a core commitment of both the IPU and the
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Kenya

Elections in 2022 - the ones to watch

2022 is set to be a dynamic year for voting worldwide. Several elections could reshape the parliamentary makeup in many countries. According to Parline, the IPU’s open data platform on parliaments, in 2022 there will be 31 elections for the
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Cecilia Widegren

IPU facilitates discussions between Nordic MPs and WHO

The IPU opened its doors to its first 2022 in-person delegation of parliamentarians with a dozen MPs visiting from Denmark, Finland and Sweden on 27-28 January to learn more about the IPU’s work. Led by Ms. Cecilia Widegren, Head of
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MP of the year: The new Cremer-Passy Award

The IPU is pleased to announce a new prize: the Cremer-Passy prize. The prize will be awarded annually to an MP or MPs whose exceptional actions contributes to a more united, fair, secure, sustainable and equitable future. Named after the
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Niger

African parliaments talk openly about sexism

Following the publication of the IPU’s regional study on Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, many African parliaments accepted the IPU’s call to amplify the findings of the study and talk about sexism with the following
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IPU143

IPU’s I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament! campaign goes global

Just over ten years ago, IPU Member Parliaments adopted a landmark resolution on youth participation to encourage the rejuvenation of parliaments. Since then, parliaments from around the world have made some limited progress in its implementation. However, the level of youth representation in parliament, as measured regularly by the IPU, remains low. Half the world’s population is under 30 and yet only 2.6% of MPs globally represent this age group.
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IPU

Shining a light on sexism against women in African parliaments through art

In light of the significance of the recent report, Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Africa, the IPU commissioned a talented artist to help visually portray the extent of this scourge in legislatures across the continent. Annick
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Bangladesh

Helping parliamentarians budget to achieve the SDGs

The financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic risk derailing progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To help mitigate this risk, the IPU has published a new tool for parliamentarians: Guidelines for parliamentarians on budgeting for
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