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Delegates at the 140th IPU Assembly in Doha. © IPU

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The IPU was founded in 1889 to promote inter-parliamentary dialogue and diplomacy between nations. Today, we continue to provide a platform for the global parliamentary community to come together, exchange good practices and identify avenues for action.

Every year, the IPU organizes two global Assemblies either in Geneva or hosted by its Member Parliaments. The Assemblies bring together over 1,500 MPs and other delegates to address and drive change on issues on the international agenda. The Assemblies conclude with substantive outcomes aimed at enhancing peace, democracy and sustainable development.

The Assemblies are also the opportunity for hundreds of bilateral meetings between different countries. These meetings are less restrained by protocol than meetings between ministers and heads of State; they serve a useful purpose helping to build bridges between countries at the parliamentary level.

Throughout the year, we also facilitate numerous other events and meetings for parliamentarians all over the world.

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Gender balance at IPU Assemblies
Women/men MPs percentage ratio at the last Assembly (141st in Serbia)
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Hundreds of parliamentarians join IPU/WHO/UNDRR pandemic webinar

Some 500 parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from over 80 countries participated in the first of a series of webinars co-organized by the IPU, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). The webinar
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Presidential Statement on the IPU Assembly

Dear colleagues, dear friends, Today – on 16 April 2020 – we were supposed to meet in Geneva at the opening of the regular 142nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. As you know, the Assembly has been postponed, as have
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Cancellation of the April IPU Assembly

The IPU Assembly and related meetings, due to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 16-20 April has been cancelled. This decision has been taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and follows a careful risk assessment based on information provided
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Statement about the 142nd IPU Assembly/ COVID-19

The IPU is monitoring closely the unfolding developments concerning the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and is in daily contact with the local authorities and officials from the World Health Organisation. The health and safety of our Members, delegations to
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130 years after the foundation of the IPU, the struggle for democracy continues

An end-of-year message from IPU leadership. We should never take democracy for granted. Many of our parents and grandparents fought for it in the Second World War and in battles for independence from colonial rule. In the 1990s we celebrated
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A handy booklet that explains everything you need to know about IPU Assemblies.
Over 150 parliamentary speakers gathered at the UN Headquarters for the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament from 31 August to 2 September 2015 in New York.
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Related events
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The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament is being organized in close cooperation with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations.
Aug 19 2020
Virtual event
Virtual panel for parliamentarians marking International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. Friday, 24 April 2020 at 12:30 - 14:30 (EDT) and 18.30 - 20:30 (CEST)
Apr 24 2020


The 142nd IPU Assembly, due to take place in Geneva from 16 to 20 April, is cancelled.
Apr 16 2020
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