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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 (140th in Qatar)
Gender balance at IPU Assemblies
Women/men MPs percentage ratio at the last Assembly (140th in Qatar)
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#IPU141 Assembly adopts first parliamentary resolution to achieve health coverage for all by 2030

A landmark resolution calling for parliaments to take all legal and policy measures to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030 has been adopted by the world’s parliaments gathered in Serbia for the 141st IPU Assembly.
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#IPU141 Assembly in Serbia sets out to strengthen international law

Over 1700 parliamentarians and UN and civil society partners from around the world will meet in Belgrade, Serbia, from 13 to 17 October for the 141st IPU Assembly.
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IPU President with Demetris Syllouris

IPU President visits Cyprus and Iran

IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron paid official visits to Cyprus and Iran in June 2019.
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IPU celebrates its 130th anniversary on World Parliament Day

On 30 June, International Day of Parliamentarism, the IPU celebrated its 130th anniversary in a ‘Quintet’ consisting of the Presidents of the most recent and future IPU Assemblies.
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Dennis Dawson

VIDEO: Dennis Dawson, Canadian MP, on parliamentary diplomacy

Dennis Dawson, MP from Canada, on the role of parliamentary diplomacy. He was speaking at the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, held in Doha, 6-10 April 2019 Watch other interviews from the 140th IPU Assembly in Doha.
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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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