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UNHCR and IPU welcome Council of Europe parliamentary resolution in support of refugees

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, welcome the adoption of a resolution and publication of a report in support of refugees by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). The PACE
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Joana Mamombe

IPU calls for action following increased physical violence against parliamentarians

IPU Member Parliaments have committed to taking action to address alleged human rights violations suffered by MPs in a number of countries, including Egypt, Libya, Myanmar, Philippines, Turkey, Yemen and Zimbabwe. Many of the cases concern actual physical violence against parliamentarians, including against women and young MPs.
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#IPU142

IPU convenes hundreds of MPs in global virtual parliamentary assembly

Over 1000 parliamentarians and experts from 135 countries connected this week to the concluding sessions of the 142nd IPU Assembly, held online for the first time. Over 37 per cent of registered MPs were women and some 26 per cent
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youth report

Parliaments are getting (slightly) younger according to latest IPU data

The global proportion of MPs aged under 30 has edged up to 2.6 per cent, according to the latest IPU report on Youth Participation in National Parliaments. This represents an increase of 0.4 percentage points compared with two years ago
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Vienna parliament

Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament: in-person segment

The in-person segment of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will be held in Vienna, Austria on 7-8 September. The conference will be preceded by the Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament on 6 September. Organized jointly by
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Swiss Parliament

New report: what difference did IPU make in 2020?

2020 was a game-changer for the IPU. Starting in March, the IPU had to completely reinvent itself to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on its activities. Despite the lockdowns and restrictions on international travel, we remained open for business
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Mauritania

Promoting sustainable development in the Sahel

The Sahel could potentially be one of the richest regions in the world if a comprehensive and multidimensional framework like those offered by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could be implemented. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Sahel
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say yes

I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament!

Half the world’s population is under 30 and yet only 2.6% of MPs globally represent this age group. The IPU has identified six ways to change this. Discover our campaign here and take two minutes to pick one or more
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Statement on Yemen by IPU Committee on Middle East Questions

The IPU Committee on Middle East Questions expresses its strong concerns over the recent escalations in the brutal conflict in Yemen, causing what has become known as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The Committee strongly condemns the violations of UN
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Jersualem

Statement on Jerusalem events by IPU Committee on Middle East Questions

Having met on Monday 10 May 2021, the IPU Committee on Middle East Questions continues to closely monitor the developments unfolding in East Jerusalem. It expresses grave concerns over the escalation of violence and tensions that have unfortunately cost human
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Mali 2020

Joint Call by IPU and CEDAW Committee on International Women's Day 2021

View the monthly ranking of women in national parliaments Our shared commitments Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Member States have recognized the equal right of women and men to participate in public
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Myanmar soldiers

IPU human rights committee calls for respect for Myanmar MPs’ fundamental freedoms

The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CHRP) is very concerned about the situation of several Members of the Myanmar Parliament who are under house arrest or whose movements are being severely curtailed. The IPU strongly condemned the
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Radu Marian

A conversation with...Radu Marian, MP, Republic of Moldova

As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Radu Marian, MP from the Republic of
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David McGuinty

A conversation with...David McGuinty, MP, Canada

As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover the Honourable David McGuinty, Member of the
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Cynthia Lopez

A conversation with...Cynthia López Castro, MP, Mexico

As part of the IPU series called 'A conversation with...', we interview parliamentarians from all over the world to find out who they represent and what motivates them. In this edition, we discover Cynthia López Castro, Member of the IPU
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Pacheco

Statement by IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, on International Women's Day 2021

The IPU has been promoting gender equality for decades ever since the first woman parliamentarian took the floor at an IPU parliamentary event in 1922. On 8 March, 2021, International Women's Day, listen to IPU President, Mr. Duarte Pacheco, speak
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Jacinda Ardern

Women in politics in New Zealand: here’s what they are doing right

New Zealand was the first country in the world where women won the right to vote and it’s now a leader for gender parity in politics. Following the October 2020 elections, Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern leads the most
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Kamala Harris

From fundraising to the VP, why 2020 was a pivotal year for women in US politics

2020 was a milestone year for women in politics in the US. The country saw the highest numbers of women entering Congress and the executive in its history. Progress built on the midterm elections in 2018, and women now occupy
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