IPU Secretaries General are not serving MPs. They are committed to promoting and building democracy from a background which may be in public administration, international law and cooperation, or other relevant fields.
His work includes expanding our membership, and preparing strategies, draft work programmes and budgets before submitting them to our Executive Committee for decisions and is responsible for implementing them.
The Secretary General is initially elected for a term of four years, which can be renewed. He or she is elected by secret ballot by our Governing Council from a shortlist of applicants approved by our Executive Committee.
There have been only eight Secretaries General since the IPU was founded in 1889. Two of them—Norway’s Christian Lange and Sweden’s Albert Gobat—are among the eight IPU figures who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Our current Secretary General is Martin Chungong.