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.
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Following elections in 2020, the global proportion of women in parliament reached a record 25.5 per cent, representing an increase of 0.6 points compared with 2019, according to the IPU’s latest Women in Parliament report. The IPU has tracked women’s participation in parliament for decades, allowing it to measure progress and setbacks. Every year, the IPU […]
The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has renewed its calls to national authorities to bring to account those involved in the past abuse of members of parliament, including murder. Although some of the cases are more than 10 years old, the Committee has not set them aside until investigations have established the […]
On 24 February BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between UK and Swiss Parliamentarians. The meeting was Chaired by Andrew Rosindell MP, Chair of the Swiss APPG. In attendance from the UK side were Tim Loughton MP, Jonathan Djanogly MP, Seema Malhotra MP and Rob Butler MP. From the Swiss Parliament BGIPU welcomed National Councilors […]
On 17 and 18 February, the IPU and the United Nations brought together some 400 parliamentarians, as well as diplomats, representatives from civil society and experts for a virtual sitting of the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations. This year’s theme, Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects, was designed to […]
This year’s IPU-UN Annual Parliamentary Hearing, entitled Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects, is designed to ensure a parliamentary contribution to the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session against corruption (UNGASS 2021) which will be held from 17 to 18 February 2021. The hearing will be […]
On 11 February 2021, BGIPU convened a virtual bilateral meeting between UK and Belgian Parliamentarians. The meeting was moderated by Damien Moore MP, Chair of the Belgium APPG. In attendance from the UK side was: Baroness Hooper, Chris Loder MP, the Duke of Wellington, Ian Paisley MP, Lord Balfe, Lord Kirkhope and Margaret Ferrier MP. […]
BGIPU hosted an exchange chaired by our Executive Committee member Lord Kirkhope for UK parliamentarians with the Ambassador of France to the UK, HE Ambassador Catherine Colonna, and the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Germany to the UK, Ms Julia Gross, which covered a wide range of issues including the shared benefits […]
To provide guidance in what can sometimes be a challenging and even dangerous space, the IPU has published a new Social Media Guide for Parliaments and Parliamentarians. The guide is designed as a practical tool on how to use social media in a safe and measured way while getting the maximum benefit from it. The IPU […]
Chaired by the BGIPU Treasurer Alex Sobel MP, UK parliamentarians participated in an informative virtual roundtable briefing with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK, HE Mr Erlan Idrissov, the Ambassador of the Krygyz Republic to the UK, HE Mr Edil Baisalov, the Ambassador of Mongolia to the UK, HE Mr Tulga Narkhuu and a […]
The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CHRP) is very concerned about the situation of several Members of the Myanmar Parliament who are under house arrest or whose movements are being severely curtailed. The IPU strongly condemned the coup in a statement issued last week. The CHRP calls for the immediate release of the […]