Our Work

Through its programme of activities, the BGIPU seeks to engage Parliamentarians in key global issues and works to expand awareness and understanding of foreign relations and the contribution to be made by the UK Parliament to consolidate parliamentary democracy worldwide.

Here you can read the reports of our activities, including our Outward Delegations, IPU conferences and events and inward visits to Westminster. 

You can search for specific reports by using keywords, themes, categories or date using the fields on the right. 

You can also view our work by geographical location here

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Following the UK Government's hosting of the Western Balkans Summit, BGIPU is convening an International Parliamentary Seminar on the Western Balkans from 10-12 September 2018 at the UK Parliament.  By bringing together parliamentarians from across the Western Balkans Region and key partners to discuss the outcomes of the Western Balkans Summit, BGIPU seeks to ensure that regional issues and priorities are not just being discussed at the Executive level but the the Berlin Process is better understood and scruitined at the Parliamentary-level.  

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In 2018, for the first time, the international community will be celebrating the International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June. The International Day of Parliamentarism will be an opportunity to recognise the important role played by parliaments as the core institution of democracy. It will also be an key opportunity to promote the values that we hold dear, namely: strong parliaments, gender equality, human rights, sustainable development, peace and security, global governance and youth.

28 May 2018
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Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP
Delegation in front of the House of Deputies (Lower House)

From 28th May to 1st June BGIPU Vice-Chair Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP led a cross-party delegation of six MPs to Belarus, the second only since Independence. The programme was busy and varied, including meetings with counterparts, government representatives, and visits to manufacturing facilities, the Opera House, Nesvizh Castle and meetings civil society. The delegation left with the impression that Belarus is a country somewhat overlooked by the UK both politically and economically and were determined to change that.

28 May 2018
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1 June 2018
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Wayne David MP
Chairman of the Council of the Republic, Mr Mikhail Myasnikovich, explaining features of Belarus

Belarus is a country of contradictions. On this visit I had expected to be see a drab, dour and austere country, redolent of so many east European countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall. What I found was an attractive country and a well maintained and occasionally picturesque capital city. There is, however, another side to Belarus, which at first glance is not so apparent, but is very real. Below the ‘skin’ of Belarus, there is a country that is still a presidential dictatorship.

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Following the UK Government's hosting of the Western Balkans Summit, BGIPU is convening an International Parliamentary Seminar on the Western Balkans from 10-12 September 2018 at the UK Parliament.  By bringing together parliamentarians from across the Western Balkans Region and key partners to discuss the outcomes of the Western Balkans Summit, BGIPU seeks to ensure that regional issues and priorities are not just being discussed at the Executive level but the the Berlin Process is better understood and scruitined at the Parliamentary-level.  

11 July 2018
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Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Geneva
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Parliaments around the world are increasingly prioritizing human rights and rightly so. Parliaments are uniquely positioned to close the gap between the work of UN human rights mechanisms and implementation at the national level. A recent report from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on parliaments’ contributions to the work of the Human Rights Council highlights some good practices to help parliaments better protect and promote human rights.

2 July 2018
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3 July 2018
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On 2-3 July BGIPU hosted a small cross party delegation from Austria for a timely visit to see a snapshot of the state of the UK’s Brexit process moving forward and hear a wide variety of perspectives on the likely end state for a post-Brexit Britain. It was equally useful for UK members to hear about the key issues and challenges being experienced by Austria including the socio-economic impacts and political changes being created by migration pressures on Europe.

30 June 2018
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Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Geneva
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As the world celebrates for the first time, on 30 June, the International Day of Parliamentarism, data on parliaments shows a mixed picture.  The International Day of Parliamentarism is an opportunity to celebrate parliaments as the cornerstone of democracy and as institutions designed to improve the lives of the people they represent.  In an age of many problems – from climate change, mass movements of people, to the rise of populism and autocracy – the world needs its parliaments more than ever before.

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