The Annual General Meeting of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, presided over by the Speaker of the House of Commons, The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Honorary President of the Group, will be held in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House at 4.00pm on Wednesday 3 December 2014 to adopt the 2014 Annual Report and to elect the Executive Committee for 2014/15. In accordance with the BGIPU Rules, the BGIPU Annual Report for 2014 was released on 6 November 2014 in advance of the AGM.
BGIPU welcomed more than 60 MPs and arms control experts from across the globe to London from 3-5 November for an International Parliamentary Seminar on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Through this meeting, BGIPU was successful in creating increased parliamentary awareness of the ATT. Key outcomes included greater awareness of best practise models and processes in different legislatures and greater understanding of how parliamentarians can work to strengthen oversight, enforcement and accountability of the ATT to save lives and reduce the impacts of violent conflict.
The 131st Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly met in Geneva from 12 to 16 October 2014 with over 1,500 participants including 725 parliamentarians from 144 parliaments, with 113 Speakers or Deputy Speakers and 234 women MPs, and welcomed back Madagascar and Guinea bringing total IPU membership to 166 of the world’s parliaments. In an Assembly which saw S H Chowdhury elected as the new IPU President, key issues addressed including gender equity and violence against women, the current Ebola crisis and the threat of terrorism and extremism.