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Speakers of parliament join forces to tackle health, economic and climate crises

Over 115 of the world’s top legislators took part in the virtual Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament on 19 and 20 August 2020, under the overall theme of Parliamentary leadership for more effective multilateralism that delivers peace and
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IPU Speakers’ Conference to focus on multilateralism in COVID-19 context

The first part of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will take place virtually on 19 and 20 August 2020, organized by the IPU in partnership with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations. Over 250 Speakers
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IPU launches anniversary book on International Day of Parliamentarism

On 30 June, on the third edition of International Day of Parliamentarism, the IPU concludes its 130th anniversary year with the publication of a book outlining its achievements over the past 13 decades and including contributions from dozens of its
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IPU concerned about vulnerability of detained MPs during pandemic

The IPU is increasingly concerned about parliamentarians in detention during the COVID-19 pandemic due to greater risks of infection in overcrowded and confined spaces. In its first virtual sitting, the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians paid particular
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New IPU paper focuses on parliamentary administration

In a new research paper, the IPU shines the spotlight on parliamentary staff, the people who support the Members of Parliament. The paper analyses key dimensions of parliamentary autonomy in administrations – from recruitment practices to budgetary powers – across
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IPU and UNDP publish guidelines for parliaments on managing development cooperation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reaffirm the right of all people to a decent life, peace and a healthy environment. Parliaments are essential to achieving this ambitious agenda. They play a key role by enacting legislation, adopting national budgets and
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Video: Violence Against Women: What can parliaments do to protect women?

Watch the fourth in a series of short videos on the Sustainable Development Goals 5 - gender equality. This video shares some shocking facts about violence against women and outlines steps that parliaments can take against this scourge. This is
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Video: Gender equality laws around the world - what can parliaments do?

Watch the third in a series of short videos on the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality. This video on legislation for gender equality looks at how countries can achieve full gender equality, something that none of them have
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IPU calls for swift return to constitutional rule in Mali

The IPU strongly condemns the coup in Mali that took place on 18 August. Any change of government through the military goes against the core principles of democracy. The IPU calls for respect for the rule of law and for
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IPU statement on explosions in Beirut

The IPU and the parliamentary community express their shock and sadness at the devastation and loss of life caused by the blasts in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday 4 August. We convey our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved
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IPU reiterates calls to eliminate nuclear weapons

On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 and 9 August), the IPU renews its calls for parliamentary action to ban the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. In a letter co-signed with the
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IPU Human Rights Committee urges Tanzanian authorities to ensure safety of returning opposition leader Tundu Lissu

Mr. Tundu Lissu, a former member of the Tanzanian Parliament and a vocal opposition leader, is due to return home on 27 July. Mr. Lissu survived an assassination attempt in 2017 and has since been abroad for medical treatment after
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Martin Chungong

Opinion – Lift the lockdowns on parliaments too

Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) During the ongoing coronavirus emergency, extraordinary measures may have been necessary so that national leaders can make rapid and vital decisions that have had a restrictive effect on how we enjoy freedoms. But
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Laura Rojas

Legislating in times of pandemic

Voices is part of an IPU web series in which we give space to parliamentarians from around the world. The views and opinions they express are their own and do not necessarily reflect the IPU’s position. This piece is by
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Harnessing the power of parliamentarians to improve health and well-being of women, children and adolescents

Opinion Piece by Helga Fogstad, Executive Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and Martin Chungong, Board Member, PMNCH, and Secretary General of the IPU. On this World Health Day, occurring in the midst of the greatest pandemic
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Video: Women in politics in 2020

The new Women in Politics map from the IPU and UN Women shows that women continue to be underrepresented across all levels of power. Watch the interview with Gabriela Cuevas, President of the IPU and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of
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