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Our work

The IPU facilitates parliamentary diplomacy and empowers parliaments and parliamentarians to promote peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world. Our work revolves around eight strategic objectives:

  • building strong democratic parliaments
  • advancing gender equality and respect for women’s rights
  • protecting and promoting human rights
  • contributing to peace-building, conflict resolution and security
  • promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue and cooperation
  • promoting youth empowerment
  • mobilizing parliaments around the global development agenda
  • bridging the democracy gap in global governance 

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We help strengthen parliaments to make them more representative and effective..
We work to increase women’s representation in parliament and empower women MPs.
We create the global space for parliamentary diplomacy, dialogue and networking.
We defend the human rights of parliamentarians and help them uphold the rights of all.
We support parliaments in implementing the SDGs with a particular focus on health and climate change.
We help parliaments deal with terrorism, cyber warfare and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
We bring a parliamentary dimension to United Nations processes to ensure international commitments become national realities.
We encourage youth participation in parliaments and empower young MPs.