The full advance programme of meetings being convened by the the Inter-Parliamentary Union can be accessed here. In addition, the BGIPU regularly hosts lectures and meetings within the Palace of Westminster on current topical issues in international affairs. Details of upcoming BGIPU events are listed below and members' nominations for participating in delegations is sought through the All Party Notice circulated weekly by the Government Whips Office when Parliament is sitting.
The 2019 Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations, Emerging challenges to multilateralism: a parliamentary response, will take place on 21-22 February in New York.
The international community and national governments are contending with global issues such as climate change, migrants and refugees, sustainable development, and nuclear disarmament, amongst others, where no one country can go it alone. Political commitment to international agreements is proving harder to achieve and maintain. Strengthening multilateralism was a recurring theme in many statements made by Heads of State and Government during the General Debate of the UN General Assembly last September.
There is therefore an urgent need to engage parliaments in a discussion on the future of multilateralism to renew trust and confidence in the multilateral system, with the United Nations at its center.
This year’s hearing will review the multilateral system to ensure that all countries can contribute to decisions that affect the entire global community. In this context, the hearing will discuss how national politics and institutions can strengthen the multilateral system in all its aspects.
The 140th Assembly of the IPU will take place in Doha, Qatar, on 6-10 April 2019. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, will meet on this occasion.