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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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Number of delegates at the last Assembly (141st in Serbia)
Gender balance at IPU Assemblies
Women/men MPs percentage ratio at the last Assembly (141st in Serbia)
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From celebrating 130 years of the IPU's rich past to empowering youth for the future, from the first parliamentary resolution on universal health care to increasing the number of women MPs, discover the highlights of the IPU's 141st Assembly in
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