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Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation adopts ambitious plan

Improving the quality and quantity of development cooperation is critical to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) was set up in 2011 to coordinate global action on development cooperation. The IPU
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Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, and Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of Lithuanian Parliament.

Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament visits the IPU

The new Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament, Mr. Viktoras Pranckietis, paid a courtesy call on the IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong at IPU Headquarters in Geneva on 25 April.
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The Adolescent Development and Participation (ADP) club in Dhaka.

MPs visit facilities for adolescents and children in Dhaka

During the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka, 40 parliamentarians carried out a field visit to two facilities catering to the needs of adolescents and disadvantaged children. The facilities—the Adolescent Development and Participation (ADP) club and the Early Childhood Development (ECD)
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IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong re-elected to a further four-year term

Martin Chungong has been given a new four-year lease as Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The decision was taken at the 136th Assembly of the IPU, which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, last week.
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Young parliamentarians will meet to discuss how to prevent violent extremism

A regional meeting to look at the role of young parliamentarians in advancing inclusive and peaceful societies and preventing violent extremism in Asia-Pacific will take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 25 and 26 April. The Regional Meeting of Young Parliamentarians of the Asia-Pacific is being jointly organized by the IPU, the Parliament of Sri Lanka and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
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The IPU brings the voices of parliaments to the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The IPU held several events during the first week of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which took place in New York from 13 to 24 March. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and the
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Bringing parliamentary voices to CSW61: The side events

We also held six side events on 14 and 16 March during the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held in New York. Each event had around 60 participants, including MPs, government officials and civil
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Anda Filip, Director, IPU’s Division for Member Parliaments and External Relations, and Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations, the Global Fund signing the MOU

The IPU and the Global Fund commit to step up efforts to fight AIDS, TB and malaria

The IPU and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 23 March to increase efforts to engage parliamentarians in the fight against those three diseases. The MOU highlights knowledge exchange, advocacy, awareness raising and human rights as areas for future cooperation.
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A police security cordon remains around the Houses of Parliament on March 23, 2017 in London.

The IPU deplores attack on UK Parliament

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) strongly condemns the attack on the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 22 March. We deplore the senselessness of the violence and the extensive number of casualties. We also convey our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.
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Prime Minister of Djibouti Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed presents IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong with the National Order of 27th of June

The IPU pledges stronger cooperation with the Parliament of Djibouti

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong visited Djibouti on 5 March to discuss cooperation between the IPU and the National Assembly to develop the capacities of the country’s Parliament. Earlier this year, the IPU had undertaken a mission to Djibouti to assess the Parliament’s needs. During his meetings with the authorities, Mr. Chungong discussed the recommendations of the mission and stressed the IPU’s readiness to help with implementation of its recommendations.
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Raising awareness on women’s issues was the focus of the REFPAM caravan

Mauritanian women MPs work to raise awareness on gender violence

A group of women 12 MPs from the Réseau des femmes parlementaires mauritaniennes (Network of Mauritanian Women Parliamentarians/REFPAM) organized a “caravan”, or outreach visits, to provinces in the country to engage local and religious leaders, and the general public on women’s rights and ending violence against women and girls.
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Panellists at the SDG seminar.

Parliamentarians from sub-Saharan Africa meet to discuss SDG implementation

Good governance and democratic institutions are fundamental to sustainable development. This was one of the conclusions of a regional seminar for parliaments of sub-Saharan Africa on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Members of 18 African parliaments attended the seminar, organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Uganda in Kampala on 1-3 March. They discussed SDG 16 (Peace, justice and effective institutions), and governance, health, climate change and resources for implementing the SDGs.
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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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