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We help parliaments fight terrorism, cyber warfare and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The IPU was founded in 1889 as the first political multilateral organization in the world that encouraged countries to meet and mediate rather than resolve their differences through war. Throughout our history we have continued to provide a forum for parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue between nations. Both of the founders of the IPU as well as a dozen other leading IPU figures went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Today, the IPU helps parliaments deal with threats such as terrorism, extreme violence, organized crime, cyber warfare and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction

We play a special role in countries emerging from conflict or in transition to democracy, helping to develop their parliaments as robust and democratic institutions that can heal national divisions. 

Disarmament is also crucial for peace. The IPU lobbies hard for a nuclear-weapons-free world and promotes the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 on preventing non-State actors from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.

Because war often affects women and youth disproportionately, we focus on peace and security in relation to these groups, based on UN Security Council resolutions 1325 and 2250.

We work with the United Nations, Interpeace, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and other organizations that share our commitment to peace.

IPU Members also have a dedicated Committee on Peace and International Security  that meets at every Assembly.

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The growing threat of global terrorism has only heightened the need for disarmament and non-proliferation. Photo: ©Jonathan McIntosh/CCBY
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The IPU brings a parliamentary response to countering terrorism and extremism conducive to violence, working in partnership with the United Nations.
We work on peace and security, taking into account the specific situation and perspectives of women and youth. Photo: © AFP/Lluis Gene
We work on peace and security, taking into account the specific situation and perspectives of women and youth.
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IPU and NZ Parliament hold security seminar for Pacific region parliaments

This week, the IPU and the New Zealand Parliament will jointly host a seminar on tackling the global spread of illicit weapons. The seminar focuses on implementing United Nations Security Council resolution 1540. This resolution imposes obligations on all states
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IPU and UN support Sahel Parliaments in the fight against terrorism

In an area vulnerable to terrorism and violent extremism, the IPU, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in partnership with the National Assembly of Niger, organized a conference for parliamentarians from the region in Niamey from 12 to 14 June 2019.
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IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and NPC Standing Committee Secretary General Yang Zhenwu signing the agreement on this donation.

Chinese Parliament donates USD1 million to IPU counter-terrorism programme

The National People’s Congress of China will donate USD 1 million to the IPU for its work on countering terrorism and violent extremism. IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong and NPC Standing Committee Secretary General Yang Zhenwu signed the agreement today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Mr. Chungong was in Beijing for an interregional conference on building parliamentary capacity and the further implementation of SDGs.
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IPU and the United Nations reinforce their cooperation to fight terrorism

The IPU, the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cement their cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. The signing took
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MPs consider the issue of foreign terrorist fighters

Parliamentarians from 16 countries in the Middle East and North Africa are meeting in Egypt this week at a high-level regional conference to discuss the role of parliaments in combatting terrorism and violent extremism. The high-level regional conference will focus
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This Handbook, produced jointly by IPU and PNND, is intended to assist parliaments and MPs to take bold action in implementing the 2009 ground-breaking IPU Resolution on advancing nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. It supports the UN Secretary-General’s five-point proposal for
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