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Senator Célestin Sebuhoro, member of the IPU Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), addresses young people.

Rwandan MPs encourage adolescents to access sexual and reproductive health services

MPs in Rwanda visited youth-friendly health centres and universities to educate people, especially adolescents, on sexual and reproductive health. The visits were part of the collaboration between IPU and the Parliament of Rwanda on maternal, newborn and child health, as well as sexual and reproductive health.
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Participants at the Regional Seminar.

Parliaments of Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia meet to discuss climate change and SDGs

Parliaments of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia met to discuss the next steps in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The seminar, which took place in Budapest on 23­-24 February and was co-organized by IPU and the Hungarian National Assembly, was a follow-up to previous meetings that had called for concrete parliamentary action in key areas, such as environmental risk and climate change.
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IPU President Saber Chowdhury addressing the Summit.

South Asian Speakers Summit on SDGs focuses on gender equality and climate change

Speakers of Parliaments from South Asia met to discuss the implementation of the SDGs in the region and further defined the opportunities and challenges facing South Asian parliaments in working to implement the SDGs.
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IPU-UN hearing pushes for more action on protecting the world’s oceans

The world’s MPs have called for decisive actions to stem the serious decline in the health of the oceans. The theme of this year’s Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations in New York, which took place from 13-14 February, was A world of blue: Preserving the oceans, safeguarding the planet, ensuring human well-being in the context of the 2030 Agenda.
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Working to end discrimination against women in legislation

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015. But sustainable development cannot be achieved while half the population—women and girls—are legally discriminated against. Women worldwide face sex discrimination in law in political and public life, marriage and
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Parliaments join forces with the United Nations to counter terrorism

Terrorism is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Even though the United Nations and IPU have passed several resolutions, all of which set out a clear role for parliaments, there have been gaps in implementation. To address these
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Deputy Speaker Dr Tulia Ackson addresses the seminar.

Parliamentarians take action on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health in Tanzania

At a seminar co-organized by IPU and the Parliament of Tanzania, parliamentarians learned how they could help national efforts to improve women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. They were briefed on the core parliamentary prerogatives they could use to spearhead action on health; Tanzania's key commitments on health in the context of the SDGs; how to address the root causes of maternal, neonatal and child mortality, especially among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations; and budget advocacy, allocation and oversight.
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MPs from IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians at the ECOSOC Youth Forum

The contribution of young people and their participation in decision-making is necessary if we are to eradicate poverty. That was one of the key points made by members of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians at the United Nations ECOSOC Global Youth Forum, held this year on The role of youth in poverty eradication and promoting prosperity in a changing world .
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IPU President Saber Chowdhury and Chairman of The Nippon Foundation Yohei Sasakawa at the launch of the 2017 Global Appeal.

IPU helps to combat discrimination against people affected by leprosy

The Global Appeal 2017 to End Stigma and Discrimination against People Affected by Leprosy was launched on 30 January in New Delhi by the Nippon Foundation with IPU’s support. The Appeal , endorsed by the IPU Executive Committee, emphasizes that solutions to the challenges faced by people with leprosy must be "firmly embedded in human rights" and urges all parliaments to "promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies".
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Participants at the workshop organized by IPU.

IPU steps up cooperation with the Parliament of Djibouti

IPU delegation, comprising parliamentarians from France and Burkina Faso, conducted a needs assessment mission to the Parliament of Djibouti to examine the functioning of the parliament and identify strategic areas of cooperation to strengthen the institution. The visit also included a day-long workshop with the administration of the parliament aimed at exploring the challenges and making recommendations for enhanced efficiency in parliamentary work.
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Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, and H.E. Mr. Naci Koru, Permanent Representative of Turkey to Geneva.

IPU Secretary General welcomes new Turkish Ambassador

H.E. Mr. Naci Koru, incoming Permanent Representative of Turkey to Geneva, paid a courtesy call on IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong on 25 January. Mr. Koru and Mr. Chungong discussed the strong cooperation between the Turkish Parliament and IPU, and expressed the hope of furthering such cooperation.
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IPU welcomes peaceful end of crisis in The Gambia

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is pleased the crisis in The Gambia was peacefully resolved following the departure of former President Yahya Jammeh. Mr. Jammeh left the country over the weekend after 22 years in power and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea.
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2017 Parliamentary Hearing at the UN will focus on oceans

The 2017 Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations will focus on SDG 14 of the new Sustainable Development Goals: the conservation and sustainable use of oceans. A World of Blue: Preserving the oceans, safeguarding the planet, ensuring human well-being in the context of the 2030 Agenda will bring together parliamentarians, experts and UN officials and will make recommendations to restore the oceans to health.
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Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians to meet

In the course of their duties, MPs sometimes face human rights violations, and the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is the only international mechanism with the remit to protect them. The Committee is meeting in Geneva from
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New Year's message

IPU Secretary General, Martin Chungong, and IPU President, Saber Chowdhury look back at 2016 and at the challenges ahead in 2017. Last year saw parliaments positioning themselves to advance an ambitious new development agenda. The crises that took place in 2016 will mean that this year will be a busy one for parliaments on development, and peace and security.
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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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