We are a unique organization made up of national parliaments from around the world. We protect and build global democracy through political dialogue and concrete action.
We are a vibrant and growing group. We currently have 178 Member Parliaments and 12 Associate Members. We work closely with the United Nations and other partner organizations whose goals we share. Today, we are the organization that most closely reflects world public opinion. More than 6.5 billion of the world’s 7 billion people live in states whose parliaments are members of the IPU—and it is their elected representatives who engage in and steer our policies. By bringing parliaments together, we bring people together.
We are financed primarily by our Members out of public funds. Our headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.