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IPU and CERN to work together for peace

The heads of IPU and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) signed a cooperation agreement that aims to promote initiatives for peace and intercultural dialogue; facilitate exchanges between the scientific community and parliamentarians; and raise parliamentarians’ awareness of the
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Martin Changing speaking to the National Assembly of Benin

IPU Secretary General calls for ongoing efforts to strengthen democracy in Benin

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong was invited to address the opening ceremony of the second regular session of the National Assembly of Benin by the Speaker, Mr. Houngbédji, who is committed to strengthening cooperation between the Parliament and the IPU.
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IPU President Saber Chowdhury in Turkey

Statement by the IPU President during his visit to Ankara

I am pleased to be in Ankara today, at the invitation of Mr. Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. We have had substantive and productive discussions, and I very much look forward to our cooperation ahead.
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Martin Chungong addressing the Presidents of the African and Arab Parliaments.

IPU Secretary General congratulates Egyptian Parliament on its 150th anniversary

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong congratulated the Egyptian Parliament on its 150th anniversary and called on all political stakeholders to reflect in this historical moment on the need to build a stronger and more democratic parliament. Addressing a ceremony in
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IPU Secretary General welcomes new Ambassadors from Bulgaria, Israel and Togo

In a round of courtesy visits with new Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong met with Ambassadors Deyana Kostadinova of Bulgaria, Aviva Raz Shechter of Israel and Yackoley Johnson of Togo. “I am
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Children are the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of malnutrition. 

IPU part of global efforts to eradicate malnutrition

Malnutrition is a silent emergency that affects billions of people. The United Nations estimates that one in three people are impacted with some 156 million children suffering from stunted growth and 99 million from underweight.
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Demonstrators gather in front of a burning car in Kinshasa on September 19, 2016.

IPU calls for restraint and inclusive dialogue in DRC

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) condemns the violence and loss of life following clashes between protestors and security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 19 September. IPU urges all sides to refrain from further violence and to engage
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15 September is the International Day of Democracy

IPU is marking International Day of Democracy 2016 on 15 September with the theme ‘Democracy 2030’ – an invitation and challenge to all parliaments to think about the future of democracy. This includes from the perspectives of young people –
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Leaders pose for a family photo during the 11th G20 Leaders’ Summit in Hangzhou, China on September 4, 2016.

IPU hails decision by China and USA to ratify Paris climate deal

IPU welcomes the announcement made by China and the USA over the weekend of their decision to formally ratify the Paris climate change agreement
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New IPU-UN agreement charts way forward on cooperation

IPU President Saber Chowdhury has welcomed a new UN-IPU cooperation agreement signed yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York
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People hold Turkish flags in Taksim square in Istanbul on July 16, 2016 during a demonstration in support to Turkish president.

Statement on Turkey

IPU has condemned the attempted military coup and attack on Parliament that took place over the weekend in Turkey, strongly deploring the loss of innocent lives during the events. In a statement issued today, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong expressed
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An attack in Nice where a man rammed a truck into a crowd of people, leaving 84 dead and another 18 in a "critical condition".

IPU condemns attack in Nice

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has condemned the attack that took place yesterday in the southern French city of Nice during the 14 July celebrations marking Bastille Day. An armed assailant ploughed a truck through the crowd enjoying the festivities.
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IPU outlines crucial role of MPs in stopping the spread of WMDs

The President of IPU's Committee on Peace and International Security, Mexican Senator Laura Rojas, has told a UN review of global efforts to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that MPs, through the IPU, are committed to
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IPU sets out progress as Human Rights Council focuses on parliamentary role

The world’s parliaments and their members play a critical and growing role in ensuring citizens’ rights are upheld, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has told a UN Human Rights Council discussion on parliaments’ role in the Council’s work. Mr Chungong
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IPU helps Zambia Parliament develop new database ahead of SDGs

IPU has deployed a mission to help the Parliament of Zambia develop an electronic database or e-repository to store and share information on behalf of the country's National Assembly. It is part of IPU's undertaking to guide the world's parliaments
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SG and UN Special Rapporteur in talks to end violence against women

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has held talks with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonović, on possible cooperation in supporting parliaments to safeguard the lives and well-being of women and girls. During the talks at
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IPU Secretary General greets new ambassadors

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has received a high number of visits from new permanent representatives to the United Nations in Geneva over recent weeks. The ambassadors have included Ma Zhaoxu of China, Vaqif Sadiqov of Azerbaijan, Kinga Singye of
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IPU deeply shocked at killing of British MP

IPU is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic killing of British MP Jo Cox, who was attacked last week in her constituency. Secretary General Martin Chungong said: “Like many MPs around the world, Jo Cox has worked tirelessly for
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Viet Nam hails key IPU role in development agenda

The Vice-President of Viet Nam has stressed IPU’s critical role in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during talks in Geneva with Secretary General Martin Chungong on 13 June. Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh also highlighted IPU’s part in ensuring
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IPU Secretary General champions women's empowerment at Geneva event

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has emphasized his personal commitment to gender equality – alongside that of IPU as a whole – at an event on the theme of “The power of empowered women” (#PoEW). It was held under the
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