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We support parliaments in implementing the SDGs with a particular focus on health and climate change.
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With only a few years left to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mobilizing parliaments around the global development agenda is becoming increasingly urgent. Parliament’s legislative, oversight and budget responsibilities make it a key player in, for example, reducing social and economic inequalities, improving the health of the people it represents and taking action to save the planet from the climate emergency.  

Through our increasingly popular regional seminars, workshops and meetings on the SDGs, we help MPs exchange with peers, acquire up-to-date information and take action to advance the development agenda at home and internationally.

Our self-assessment SDG toolkit, produced with the United Nations Development Programme and translated into a dozen languages, is also proving very successful. The toolkit helps parliamentarians identify good practices, opportunities and lessons learned on how to institutionalize and mainstream the SDGs into the legislative process.

IPU Members also have a dedicated Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade  that meets at every Assembly.

Regional seminars on achieving the SDGs
Number of parliaments that have attended regional seminars on the SDGs
National seminars on the SDGs
Number of participants who have attended national workshops on SDGs
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Our role is to help parliaments achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and helping them prepare for its implementation.
We focus on cutting childhood death rates, improving the health of women and adolescents, and boosting HIV/AIDS care—all areas targeted in for action in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Climate change and natural disasters exacerbate existing threats to development, peace and security. Photo © Africa Renewal/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Climate change and natural disasters present a potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. They exacerbate existing threats to development, peace and security at all levels, and require an urgent, collective and coordinated response.
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Parliamentarians have a key role to play in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including in ensuring that funding and resources are invested effectively to support sustainable development. In addition to their responsibilities for translating the SDGs into legislation and
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Webinar co-organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Adaptation at Altitude (A@A) programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Dec 10 2021
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14:00 – 15:30 CEST (Geneva)
Oct 26 2021


The IPU is co-organizing a Pre-COP26 Parliamentary Meeting in Rome, Italy on 8-9 October 2021 with the Italian Parliament as part of a series of pre-COP26 events hosted by Italy.
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