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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Women account for just over 26% of parliamentarians worldwide according to the IPU’s latest figures. Despite progress made in recent years, significant obstacles continue to block their path to parity with their male counterparts. One of the biggest obstacles is sexism, harassment and gender-based violence. IPU reports show that sexist abuse persists across all parliaments in all […]
In the lead-up to 20 November, World Children’s Day, the IPU and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have released a joint statement on the role of parliaments in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols. The joint statement underscores the role that […]
In partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch) and Embassy Magazine, BGIPU was very pleased to host an outreach event for London-based embassy and high commission staff to provide an overview of how the UK Parliament manages its inter-parliamentary relations, with a key focus on the work of CPA UK and BGIPU. Welcomed by […]
Legislation on climate action is critical for the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement and to bring down global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The LSE’s Grantham Research Institute, partnering with the IPU, has created a database which has so far tracked around 3,000 laws and policies. As countries raise their ambitions, fresh legislation […]
The annual COP conference is the most important international gathering on climate change. It convenes leaders, policymakers, scientists and civil society from around the globe to identify joint solutions to advance climate action. The Parliamentary Meeting to be held on the occasion of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United […]
There is no longer any doubt: developing countries are paying the price for human-induced climate change, despite being the least responsible for it. Some sources estimate that the Global North is responsible for 92% of excess historic global CO2 emissions. And yet, 55 of the most climate-vulnerable countries suffered economic losses totalling more than half a trillion […]
The IPU has signed a cooperation agreement with the House of Representatives of Yemen. The agreement was signed on 4 November by Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General, and Sultan Al Burkani, Speaker of the Yemeni House of Representatives. It is designed to help the Parliament rebuild its capacity and parliamentary functions following the disruption caused […]
The 145th IPU Assembly took place in Kigali, Rwanda from 11-15 October in partnership with the Parliament of Rwanda. Some 1000 delegates, of whom close to 600 were MPs, attended, representing 120 countries. What were the takeaways? What were the main themes discussed? Discover the highlights in this 5-minute video.
On Tuesday 25 October 2022, BGIPU held a Nordic/Baltic Ambassador briefing chaired by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP and APPG Norway Chair, Sir Mark Hendrick MP to hear from the Ambassadors of Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, the Deputy Head of Mission of Finland, and the Defence Attaché of Estonia on their respective country […]
Parliamentarians from around the world have adopted the Kigali Declaration Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world at the end of the 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda. The Declaration represents a milestone in progress towards gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments. It encourages IPU Members to step up their efforts to […]