News in brief

30 January 2018

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and former IPU President Saber Chowdhury were awarded the Friendship Order by Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairperson of the Viet Nam National Assembly in Hanoi on 19 January 2018.

26 January 2018

The Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians, which is holding its 155th session in Geneva from 25 to 28 January 2018, has 66 new cases before it, 64 % of which come from Asia. This is an unusually high number for the first session of the year.

9 January 2018

A group of Bangladeshi parliamentarians travelled to four districts in the country to raise awareness about the problems associated with child marriage. The districts—Gaibandha, Naogaon, Satkhira and Sirajganj—have a high incidence of child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM).

21 December 2017

IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron and IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong look back at the past year and at upcoming challenges in 2018. 

19 December 2017

The National Assembly of Djibouti and the IPU are running a series of workshops to help parliamentarians and staff draw up a strategic plan. The first workshop took place from 12 to 14 December 2017 and saw MPs carry out self-assessment activities, based on the IPU’s three toolkits on democratic parliaments, gender sensitivity and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It also introduced the staff to the scope, importance and methodology for a strategic plan and how to implement it through the day-to-day work of the National Assembly.

19 December 2017

A group of young parliamentarians from Nigeria travelled to Ghana on 27 November to help their counterparts set up a forum of young MPs. This sharing of best practices followed on from the IPU Regional Conference of Young Parliamentarians of Africa, which took place from 27 to 28 September in Abuja. The conference inspired young MPs from Ghana to set up their own forum and they called upon their Nigerian peers for support.

7 December 2017

Sweden joined the IPU 125 years ago, making it one of the Organization’s longest-standing Members. To mark the occasion, on 30 November the Swedish Parliament organized a seminar on cooperation between national parliaments and the United Nations. Panellists discussed the achievements of this cooperation and current international challenges such as terrorism, human rights and gender equality.

7 December 2017

The IPU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have worked together for over 40 years. This long-standing partnership was reinforced by the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 27 November 2017. At the signing ceremony last week in New York, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner reaffirmed their commitment to work together for stronger parliaments and for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  They stressed the importance of governance which is crucial to achieving the SDGs and is at the heart of democracy.

7 December 2017

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong recently received the Ambassadors of Egypt and Slovakia at the Organization’s Headquarters. Mr. Chungong and Mr. Juraj Podhorský, Ambassador of Slovakia, talked about how IPU and Slovakia could cooperate in furthering the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Mr. Alaa Youssef, the new Egyptian Ambassador, and Mr. Chungong discussed cooperation in efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

29 November 2017

Parliaments play a vital role in ensuring safe and humane migration through the ratification and effective implementation of international treaties. They can also help to change the negative discourse around migration by putting in place and strengthening legislation against xenophobia and racism and by promoting balanced and empirically sound public debate. These were among the conclusions of a conference for parliamentarians on smart and humane migration across the Mediterranean. The conference, co-organized by the IPU with the Parliament of Malta and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), took place in Valletta, Malta, from 16 to 17 November 2017.