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

Parliamentary dialogue

We create the global space for parliamentary diplomacy, dialogue and networking.
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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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Celebrating the 133rd IPU Anniversary in Uruguay

The IPU Executive Committee met this week in Montevideo, Uruguay, for its 288th session as well as to celebrate the 133rd anniversary of the IPU on International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June. In parallel, the IPU, in partnership with
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143rd IPU Assembly to focus on challenges to democracy

The 143rd IPU Assembly will be held in Madrid from 26 to 30 November 2021, hosted by the Parliament of Spain. Hundreds of IPU Members from all over the world will meet in person in the world’s largest gathering of
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World Conference of Speakers adopts declaration for more effective global solidarity

The world’s top legislators gathered in Vienna, Austria this week for the first major in-person international parliamentary meeting in over 18 months. The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament brought together close to 100 Speakers from some 115 national parliaments and the heads of over a dozen regional and other parliamentary organizations.
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World Conference of Speakers of Parliament to meet in person in Vienna on 7-8 September

The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, the world’s largest gathering of the highest level of parliamentary representation, will take place in Vienna, Austria on 7-8 September.
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News in brief
Pacheo in India

IPU President visits India

In one of his first trips abroad as IPU President, Duarte Pacheco visited India in the week of 15 March 2021. During the visit, he met with the leaders of both houses of Parliament, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha
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Latest publications on parliamentary dialogue
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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Parliaments, as the representatives of the people, must be able to identify and understand the potential impact of science and technology on society.
Mar 17 2021
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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.
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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)
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