Global Parliamentary Report

Global Parliamentary Report

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Parliamentary oversight is extremely important to democracy and to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo: © IPU

The Global Parliamentary Report (GPR) is jointly produced by IPU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and draws on input from parliaments worldwide. It analyses the major issues affecting parliamentary practice and identifies current trends and good practices. It also offers policy options for parliaments to respond to current challenges.

The first GPR, published in 2012, was entitled “The changing nature of parliamentary representation”. It analysed the changing relations between parliaments and citizens, and suggested how parliamentary strategies for meeting public expectations could be improved. The report sought to stimulate discussion and change in parliaments, leading to better parliaments and stronger democracies. It argued that to address the current low level of trust in parliaments, MPs must engage with citizens, stay closely attuned to their needs and make every effort to meet them. The GPR highlighted the various initiatives across the world to engage and inform the public on parliamentary work and their results. Find out more about the report.

With continuing evidence of the fragile nature of democracy, it seemed prudent to closely examine a fundamental principle of relevance to all countries —parliament’s power of oversight. The second GPR, published in 2017, is entitled “Parliamentary oversight: Parliament's power to hold government to account”. The report seeks to provide a global perspective on how oversight is practiced, as well as to be a catalyst for renewed focus in parliaments on oversight. Parliamentary oversight is extremely important to democracy, to the quality of government and to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the report.

Draft self-assessment toolkit on parliamentary oversight (October 2018)