Secretary General

Secretary General

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Martin Chungong brings a wealth of experience to his role as Secretary General © IPU

The Secretary General is the head of our Secretariat, elected by our Member Parliaments to run our staff teams in Geneva and New York.

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.

The Secretary General works alongside our President and Executive Committee, playing a critical role in defining and implementing our strategic direction as we work to build democracy.

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.

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Martin Chungong brings a wealth of experience to his role as Secretary General © IPU