About us

About us

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 IPUand 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.

The IPU has been working to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples since 1889. Read more about IPU history.
IPU is made up of a complex group of bodies with specific mandates and functions.
Our Member Parliaments come in all shapes and sizes, with a rich history of traditions and cultures. We currently have 178 Members and 12 Associate Members.
This document contains the statutes of the IPU, the rules governing IPU bodies and secretariat, the IPU's financial regulations and the practical modalities of the rights and responsibilities of ob
We are deeply committed to the principle of men and women sharing responsibility and decision-making.
Are you interested in working for peace, democracy, equality and human rights? Join us!
The ASGP brings together Secretaries General and other senior office holders in charge of parliamentary services.