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IPU Assembly to focus on pathways to peace through parliamentary diplomacy

The 148th IPU Assembly will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 23-27 March 2024. This is the first time in almost six years that the IPU’s biannual Assembly will be held in Geneva. Hundreds of parliamentarians from around the world
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

MC13: Legislators call for stronger role in global trade at WTO meeting

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), 25 February 2024. Over two hundred parliamentarians from around the world have restated the importance of including a parliamentary dimension in the future of multilateral cooperation on trade, considering the essential role that trade
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IPU and UN to focus on peace and security in annual hearing

New York, USA, 2 February 2024 Putting an end to conflicts: Prescriptions for a peaceful future , will be the theme of the 2024 Annual Parliamentary Hearing, a joint initiative between the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the President of the
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Human Rights of MPs: Some success stories despite uptick in abuse

A few days before Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has released its annual map of the number of reported cases of human rights violations suffered by parliamentarians around the world. Although the numbers continue to rise, there
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COP28: Parliaments take centre stage to accelerate climate action

Parliaments were in the spotlight on 6 December 2023 in Dubai at COP28, the UN Climate Change Conference, at a day of parliamentary meetings organized by the IPU and the Federal National Council (FNC), the Parliament of the United Arab
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Helping parliaments reach new heights in mountain adaptation

The IPU and Adaptation at Altitude, a programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, have published a new Issues Brief for parliamentarians: Responding to climate change in the mountains: Opportunities for parliamentarians to act. The Brief is designed
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Indicators

New tool to measure parliaments’ democratic credentials

The IPU and partner organizations have published a new tool called the Indicators for Democratic Parliaments , which offers a new approach to measuring parliamentary capacity, resilience and performance. Using a framework of 25 indicators, parliaments can evaluate their own
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Tulia Ackson elected new President of the IPU

Tulia Ackson of the United Republic of Tanzania has been elected as the 31st President of the IPU by the IPU’s Governing Council , its main decision-making body made up of parliamentarians from around the world. She takes over from
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Tuvalu Speaker wins MP of the year award

The 2023 Cremer-Passy Prize, the MP of the year award, has been awarded to Mr. Samuelu Penitala Teo, Speaker of the Parliament of Tuvalu , in recognition of his outstanding record on climate action. Mr. Teo was awarded the prize
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New IPU anthem premieres at opening of 147th IPU Assembly

The 147th IPU Assembly opened on 23 October 2023 in Luanda, Angola, with the inaugural performance of the new IPU anthem. The anthem was performed by the Kaposoka Symphony Orchestra, an Angolan orchestra made up of teenagers from vulnerable families
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Lawmakers are getting younger but not everywhere

The latest IPU report on Youth Participation in Parliament reveals that parliaments are getting slightly younger, with small increases in the number of parliamentarians under 45 years old. However, despite the progress, parliaments are still a long way from representing
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IPU and UN Human Rights launch toolkit to encourage parliaments to champion human rights

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN Human Rights Office have today launched a toolkit to help parliaments better integrate human rights into their work. Parliaments and Human Rights: A self-assessment toolkit provides a practical introduction to assessing how human
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IPU Assembly to focus on good governance to address global crises

The 147th IPU Assembly will be held in Luanda, Angola, from 23 to 27 October 2023, hosted by the National Assembly of Angola. The IPU Assembly will provide a platform for parliamentarians, partner organizations and experts to share good practice
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Digital transformation

New guide will empower parliaments to embrace digital transformation

Geneva, Switzerland, 29 September 2023. For immediate release Digital tools have never been more important for the effective functioning of parliaments. A new IPU guide to digital transformation provides a blueprint for parliaments to effectively scale up their use of
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Dan Carden

Young MPs commit to accelerating SDGs at Hanoi Conference

Close to 300 young parliamentarians from some 70 countries have committed to accelerating the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially through digital transformation and innovation. The young MPs were in Hanoi, Viet Nam, for the Ninth IPU Global
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IPU and Uruguay sign agreement to open future regional office

Lisbon, Portugal, 29 June 2023. For immediate release. On the eve of its 134-year anniversary and the International Day of Parliamentarism, the IPU and Uruguay have signed an agreement with the objective of opening a regional IPU office in Montevideo
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New handbook: Mobilizing parliaments to eliminate discrimination against women

Twenty years after the first edition, the IPU and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have published a new version of a handbook for parliamentarians on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
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World MPs commit to forging stronger ties with religious leaders to promote peaceful coexistence

The first global Parliamentary Conference on Interfaith Dialogue: Working together for our common future is expected to conclude with a declaration that encourages interfaith dialogue and calls for all religions and beliefs to be treated equally. The Marrakesh Communiqué calls
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New IPU report explores the place of religion and belief in parliament

For the first time, the IPU has published a report which examines how parliaments around the world engage with issues of religion and belief. The IPU Parliamentary report on religion and belief explores how religion and belief are institutionalized in
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Parliamentary Conference on Interfaith Dialogue

26 May 2023, Rabat, Morocco and Geneva, Switzerland The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Parliament of Morocco are organizing the Parliamentary Conference on Interfaith Dialogue: Working together for our common future from 13 to 15 June 2023 in Marrakesh, Morocco
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