Month: September 2020

Children in the Central African Republic pump clean water from underground. © Marielle van Uitert/UNDP

IPU & UNDP publish guidelines for parliaments on managing development cooperation

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reaffirm the right of all people to a decent life, peace and a healthy environment. Parliaments are essential to achieving this ambitious agenda. They play a key role by enacting legislation, adopting national budgets and overseeing how governments implement national and international commitments, including those related to development cooperation. This […]

This video shares some shocking facts about violence against women and outlines steps that parliaments can take against this scourge.

Video: Violence Against Women: What can parliaments do to protect women?

Watch the fourth in a series of short videos on the Sustainable Development Goals 5 – gender equality. This video shares some shocking facts about violence against women and outlines steps that parliaments can take against this scourge. This is a partnership video project between the IPU, Arizona State University, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, the Council […]

On 25 September, BGIPU hosted a virtual Asia-Pacific briefing session, with the Her Majesty’s Ambassadors to Japan, HE Paul Madden, and Indonesia, HE Owen Jenkins.

UK Ambassadors brief on developments in Japan and Indonesia

On 25 September, BGIPU hosted a virtual Asia-Pacific briefing session, with the Her Majesty’s Ambassadors to Japan, HE Paul Madden, and Indonesia, HE Owen Jenkins. The event was chaired by Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Minister and Executive Committee member, Wayne David MP, and was well-attended by members from a variety of committees and APPGs. […]

This video on legislation for gender equality looks at how countries can achieve full gender equality, something that none of them have done until now.

Video: Gender equality laws around the world – what can parliaments do?

Watch the third in a series of short videos on the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality. This video on legislation for gender equality looks at how countries can achieve full gender equality, something that none of them have done until now. This is a partnership video project between the IPU, Arizona State University, […]

On 18 September, the world celebrated its first ever International Equal Pay Day and with the global gender pay gap still sitting at 20%, the aim is that the Global Call to Action will drive real change for the future.

International Equal Pay Day highlights an ongoing need for urgent action

On 18 September, the world celebrated its first ever International Equal Pay Day. To mark the occasion, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC), ILO, UN Women and the OECD, hosted a virtual global Call to Action encouraging all employers, governments and workers to take the necessary steps to ensure that “equal pay for work of equal […]

On 16 September, BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP, had a virtual meeting with her counterpart as Head of the Israeli delegation to the IPU, Avi Dichter MK

BGIPU Chair has virtual meeting with her new counterpart from Israeli Knesset

On 16 September, BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP, had a virtual meeting with her counterpart as Head of the Israeli delegation to the IPU, Avi Dichter MK, who also chairs the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Knesset. Both former Ministers in their respective national governments had taken up the role of leading their […]

COVID-19 and democracy: Can parliaments come to the rescue?

COVID-19 and democracy: Can parliaments come to the rescue?

An informal virtual interactive panel debate for International Day of Democracy, in partnership with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University, on Tuesday, 15 September from 17:00-18:30 CET. Open to all IPU Members, parliamentarians, UN partners, students and the general public. During the pandemic, democratic processes have been under assault in […]

2020 Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the UN. © IPU / Joel S Photo

UN resolution recognizes central role of parliaments to combat COVID-19

The latest resolution on the interaction between the United Nations, parliaments and the IPU has just been adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution, co-sponsored by 76 UN Member States, reaffirms the commitment of all parties to continue to bridge the implementation gap between international commitments and national laws and budgets. The resolution […]