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These publications are reference books, guidelines and tools that support the development of national parliaments.

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This practical guide draws on the experiences and practices of several legislatures. It is intended to help parliaments to take informed decisions when developing their capacity to publish records of plenary and committee proceedings. It will be of particular interest to parliaments that do not yet publish their proceedings regularly or on a timely basis. It should also serve those that are looking to identify best practices and deliver better services.

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This guide is a practical tool for LDC parliaments on action they can take in support of the Brussels Programme of Action (BPOA), including by establishing or strengthening already existing parliamentary structures. It is also intended for use by UN field offices in LDC countries to provide them with a better understanding of how they can interact with these parliaments more effectively and assist them in their work.

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The new tool is intended to assist members of parliament in their oversight of national progress and investments made towards achieving the MDGs from the perspective of disaster risk reduction, a crucial component of development policies. Goal by goal, the publication outlines priorities, steps and interventions required to reduce or eliminate disaster risks. The kit provides examples of good parliamentary practices in many countries and shows why disaster risk reduction is indispensable for ensuring steady progress towards the achievement of the MDGs.

 

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This guide is intended as a practical tool for parliamentarians who wish to organize themselves into cross-party groups and step up to the challenge that HIV presents. It is also designed for the civil society organizations that wish to work with them. The guide accompanies the IPU-UNAIDS-UNDP Handbook for Parliamentarians "Taking action against HIV and AIDS".

 

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More than 80 caucuses for women parliamentarians now exist globally. In a political environment still heavily dominated by men, these practical “Guidelines for Women’s Caucuses” provide all the information you need to have on why such groups for women parliamentarians are important and the various steps needed to set up and run one.

 

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With the global AIDS response becoming increasingly hampered by the criminalization of key populations, this study aims to encourage and assist parliamentary scrutiny of legislation that impedes effective HIV interventions. It highlights the various processes in selected parliaments that led to the adoption of laws with a positive impact on the AIDS response.

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ʺKnowledge is powerʺ runs the adage. During the Conference on 'Informing Democracy', held in October 2008, a participant completed it by adding “and we are trying to make very powerful MPs”. This aspiration is fundamental to the quality of parliamentary performance and the quality of democracy itself. The conference aimed at enhancing dialogue, mutual understanding and good practices among three segments of the parliamentary community – parliamentarians, Secretaries General and parliamentary library and research officers.

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This brochure was designed for the IPU campaign Parliaments Take Action on Violence against Women. It focuses on six priority actions for parliaments identified as the principal elements and strategies likely to effectively contribute to putting an end to violence against women. It includes examples of parliamentary mechanisms and initiatives that have been taken to address this scourge, reflecting the diversity of national situations, experiences and measures which contribute to end violence against women.
 

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This illustrated booklet reports on the work of the Conference on broadcasting of parliamentary business through dedicated TV channels and public broadcasting systems, held in Geneva on 19 October 2006. The Conference was convened by the IPU, the European Broadcasting Union and the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments.
 

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This illustrated booklet reports on the work of the annual 2006 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, which took place in December 2006 and was a joint undertaking of the IPU and the European Parliament. The booklet includes speeches at the inuagural session, discussion papers, excerpts of the debate, description of side events and the text of the Declaration adopted at the end of the session.
 

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As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity of parliaments to promote and protect human rights, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists and the Association for the Prevention of Torture, organized this seminar, which was held from 25 to 27 September 2006 at IPU Headquarters, to address the question of due administration of justice and the contribution parliaments can make in this respect.

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As part of its efforts to strengthen the capacity of parliaments to promote gender equality and respect for women's rights, the IPU organised a first seminar of parliamentary bodies dealing with gender issues in Geneva, in December 2006. The seminar brought together members of parliament from 36 countries to discuss ways and means of enhancing the work of their committees in addressing gender issues. This publication contains the experts' contributions, extracts of the debates and the summary and recommendations of the Rapporteur of the seminar.
 

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The Plan of Action for Gender-sensitive Parliaments was adopted unanimously by the 127th IPU Assembly (Quebec City, October 2012). It is a key policy document for the IPU and its member Parliaments. It was drawn up following extensive consultation with IPU Members and takes account of the findings and recommendations of the IPU Global Survey on Gender-sensitive Parliaments: A Global review of good practice, published in 2011.

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This self-assessment toolkit invites parliaments to evaluate their democratic performance against a set of criteria based on the core values set out in IPU’s ground-breaking study, Parliament and democracy in the twenty-first century: A guide to good practice. The purpose is not to rank parliaments. It is to help parliaments to identify their strengths and weaknesses against international criteria, in order to determine priorities for strengthening the parliamentary institution.
 

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You cannot wait for the people to come to parliament; you need to go where the people are. Today, the people are on social media. Increasingly, parliaments are there too. Social Media Guidelines for Parliaments draws on the experience of the ‘early starters’, the parliaments that have already joined the conversation. The guidelines offer practical advice for parliaments that are thinking about how to integrate social media into their outreach strategy. They also serve as a useful benchmark for parliaments that are already present on social media.

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This illustrated booklet reports on the work of the annual 2008 session of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, which took place in September 2008 and was a joint undertaking of the IPU and the European Parliament. The booklet includes speeches at the inuagural session, discussion papers, excerpts of the debate, description of side events and the text of the Declaration adopted at the end of the session.
 

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Every 10 seconds, somewhere in the world, a little girl is a victim of genital mutilation. Three million girls are excised every year. To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM on 6 February 2008, more than 100 representatives of international organizations, civil society, media, diplomatic missions and the local authorities in Geneva gathered at The House of Parliaments to discuss ways of putting an end to this harmful practice.

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The Guidelines published by IPU in 2000 helped many parliaments to set up or develop their website. Now almost every parliament in the world is present online. Today's challenge is to make the most effective use of the Internet to enhance the relation between parliaments and citizens. The new edition of the Guidelines offers guidance on how to use the key elements of a successful website – content, tools, design, management – in the parliamentary context.

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