Activity Reports

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.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for parliaments, with many embracing new technology to modernize and, as a result, engaging better with the people they represent.

2020 World e-Parliament report: COVID-19 has accelerated modernization of parliaments

The IPU has released its new edition of the World e-Parliament Report which reveals how the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for parliaments, with many embracing new technology to modernize and, as a result, engaging better with the people they represent. Published by the IPU’s Centre for Innovation in Parliament, the report’s findings are based […]

On 20 July, BGIPU collaborated with the BBC APPG and the BBC World Service to deliver the webinar Countering disinformation: reaching new audiences.

MPs/Peers hear about global impacts of misinformation from BBC experts

On 20 July, BGIPU collaborated with the BBC APPG and the BBC World Service to deliver the webinar Countering disinformation: reaching new audiences. The event was chaired by BBC APPG Chair, Huw Merriman MP and presentations were provided by Senior Controller for BBC News Output & Commissioning, Jamie Angus, Specialist in Disinformation & Social Media Correspondent, […]

On 13 July, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between parliamentarians from the founding countries of the IPU, UK and France. The meeting was chaired by BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP.

Parliamentarians from UK & France meet in cooperative spirit behind the IPU

In advance of Bastille Day, on 13 July, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between parliamentarians from the founding countries of the IPU, UK and France. The meeting was chaired by BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP, who was joined by Lord Kirkhope, Baroness Miller, Stephen Crabb MP, Baroness Verma, Tony Lloyd MP, Earl of Sandwich, […]

Convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of France and Mexico, the Generation Equality Forum in Paris saw the IPU hold two events on 2 July. The IPU highlighted the role of parliaments and parliamentarians as changemakers in ensuring more women take up decision-making positions.

At major global meeting the IPU reaffirms its commitments to generation equality

What would a truly equal generation look like? Convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of France and Mexico, this is the question panellists debated at last week’s Generation Equality Forum in Paris. The Inter-Parliamentary Union contributed to the Forum at two events held on 2 July. The IPU highlighted the role of […]

On 7 July BGIPU and Canning House co-hosted the second of its virtual Latin America roundtables receiving briefings from Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Peru, HE Kate Harrisson, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Mexico, HE Corin Robertson.

MPs/Peers hear about developments in Mexico and Peru from UK Ambassadors

On 7 July BGIPU and Canning House co-hosted the second of its virtual Latin America roundtables to mark this year’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Leadership Week. The meeting was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Latin America APPG Chair, Mark Menzies MP, with discussion moderated by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Latin America […]

© UN Women/ Ryan Brown Women Peace and Security in Mali.

IPU welcomes Canadian funding to advance gender equality in parliament

The IPU has announced it will will receive an additional two million Canadian dollars in funding to support its gender equality work in parliament. The three-year project, Gender Equality in Politics, is designed to support the IPU’s work in increasing women’s political empowerment. The funding will also help strengthen the capacity of parliaments to support […]

The meeting with UK Ambassadors in Ecuador and Panama was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Latin America APPG Vice-Chair, Baroness Hooper, and introductory remarks were provided by Canning House CEO, Cristina Cortes.

Latin America Roundtable for MPs/Peers hears updates on Ecuador and Panama

On 1 July, BGIPU and Canning House co-hosted the first of its Latin America roundtables to mark this year’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office Leadership Week. The meeting was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Latin America APPG Vice-Chair, Baroness Hooper, and introductory remarks were provided by Canning House CEO, Cristina Cortes. Members received […]

Frédéric Passy, French MP. and William Randal Cremer, British MP.

Marking its 132nd anniversary, the IPU looks back at the world when it first began

Marking its 132nd anniversary the IPU looks back to the official birth of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for International Arbitration—later called the Inter-Parliamentary Union— on 30 June 1889. Its foundation was driven by two remarkable parliamentarians  – William Randal Cremer, a British MP and Frédéric Passy, a French MP, – who were driven by a passion […]