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

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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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Gender quotas are increasingly being used as a way to increase women’s political participation and representation. The Atlas of Electoral Gender Quotas is a unique collection of data on how such quotas are being used around the world. It presents trends and challenges on gender quotas as well as insights on the impact of gender quota regulations. Included are profiles on 85 countries and territories and the quota systems they use.
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Based on more than four decades of experience on parliamentary development, the Common Principles for Support to Parliament offer clear guidelines for those receiving or providing support to parliaments. They aim to improve the quality of the support available to parliaments and to encourage the parliamentary community to work together more effectively when planning designing and providing support.

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Many aid-recipient countries either do not have a proper national aid policy or have policies that are not strong enough to include strong accountability measures. The IPU commissioned this note to provide guidance on: working together to develop a clear set of commitments on aid management at the country level, become better advocates for the adoption or improvement of national aid policies, and how to effectively take part in their implementation. This note, which draws on a detailed review of 26 national aid policies, is also meant to support greater parliamentary engagement.

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By Georges Bergougnous. The Speakers of representative Assemblies occupy a privileged place in Parliaments which could not work without them. In most countries, they rank very high in the State hierarchy and are invested with important authority under national Constitutions. Written by Mr Georges Bergougnous, Head of the Legal Department of the French Constitutional Council, this book aims to define the status of presiding officers and their functions before attempting to determine their place and role in the institutions.

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By G.S. Goodwin-Gill. This IPU-commissioned work, by Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, of Oxford University (United Kingdom), provides a comprehensive review of practical problems and solutions relating to the financing of elections, media coverage, election observation, campaign practices and the institutionalisation of the electoral process. Skilfully combining elements of law and practice, the study also offers a model code of conduct and contains a number of annexed texts which have served as codes in various countries.

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The word democracy is one of the most used terms of the political vocabulary and, while it has given rise to much comment and reflection over the years, no text was ever adopted at the world level by politicians to define its parameters or establish its scope. This was changed when the IPU Council adopted the Universal Declaration on Democracy at its session in Cairo (September 1997).

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A global comparative study based on the analysis of information supplied by over 130 parliamentary chambers and supplemented with information contained in the IPU's Parline database and collection of basic documentation on parliaments. Focuses on the nature, duration and exercise of the parliamentary mandate, offering a comparative analysis of world-wide practice in this field. Also addresses the issue of the legal and material resources available or that should be made available to the parliamentarians in the performance of their mandate.

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HIV treatment is a cornerstone of the AIDS response, helping to prevent AIDS-related deaths and avert new infections. People are still dying, however, because HIV treatment is not reaching all who need it. This publication lists actions that parliamentarians can take to increase access to HIV treatment and provides illustrations of good practice by legislatures and individual parliamentarians.

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Parliaments are at the heart of the response to climate change. The brochure focuses on parliaments’ role in strengthening the international response. It also highlights four key action areas with practical recommendations on how to achieve delivery on reducing global greenhouse emissions and mitigating the worst effects of climate change.

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By G.S. Goodwin-Gill. In 1994 the first edition of Free and Fair Elections sought to establish the content of the rules and standard of international law pertaining to free and fair elections, with special attention to State practice. The new, expanded edition demonstrates how the concept of free and fair elections has become firmly entrenched in the law of international and regional organizations in the past decade.

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Parliamentarians play a key role in the effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540. In the face of a growing and pervasive terrorist threat, which strikes unpredictably and indiscriminately, it is imperative to take the necessary measures to prevent non-state groupings from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, as that would lead to even more disastrous consequences. The brochure contains recommendations for parliamentarians to tackle this threat.

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By Hironori Yamamoto. Parliamentary oversight is a multi-faceted activity. Tools for parliamentary oversight examines the mechanisms and processes used in oversight activities. It identifies and analyzes the tools that are commonly found in plenary and in committee work, where detailed scrutiny of governmental policies can often be carried out most effectively. By developing a catalogue of tools for parliamentary oversight, the study invites parliaments to examine their own practices, and offers a range of examples from national parliaments that may be of wider interest.

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