Year: 2021

Military block the road near parliament on February 1 2021 ANADOLU AGENCY VIA AFP

Inter-Parliamentary Union strongly condemns military coup in Myanmar

The IPU strongly condemns the military coup in Myanmar on the day the new Parliament (the Hluttaw) was due to reopen. We call for the immediate release of those detained unlawfully and for respect of democratic institutions. Any disputes over the outcome of the 8 November general election should be resolved through established legal mechanisms […]

On 28 January, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Chilean Congress chaired by Chile APPG Vice-Chair and BGIPU Executive Committee Member, Baroness Hooper,

UK members discuss priorities including climate change with counterparts from Chile

On 28 January, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Chilean Congress. The meeting was chaired by Chile APPG Vice-Chair and BGIPU Executive Committee Member, Baroness Hooper, who was joined by Mark Menzies MP, Angus MacNeil MP, and Chris Matheson MP. The Chilean delegation included Senator Kenneth Pugh, […]

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IPU & parliamentary community call for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

The IPU and the parliamentary community call on governments to give fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination through support for COVAX, the only global mechanism to distribute vaccines equitably across the world. The positive news of the roll-out of safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines offers hope to the millions who have been affected by […]

Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, PHILIP FONG / AFP

IPU Statement on entry into force of Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Celebration of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 January 2021 The Inter-Parliamentary Union welcomes the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which sets a new international norm whereby the development, possession, and use of nuclear weapons are not only immoral, […]

BGIPU hosted a virtual Latin America Roundtable which provided a great opportunity for UK Parliamentarians to hear first-hand accounts of political, social and economic developments in the region.

Ambassadors to UK from Latin America provide updates to MPs & Peers

On 19th January BGIPU hosted a virtual Latin America Roundtable which was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Chair of the APPG for Latin America, Mark Menzies MP. Members received briefings from HE Javier Esteban Figueroa; Ambassador of Argentina, HE Fred Arruda, Ambassador of Brazil; HE David Gallagher, Ambassador of Chile; HE Antonio José […]

IPU policy note on six ways MPs can support a green recovery from COVID-19

The unfolding tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic also offers parliaments a unique chance to address climate change while rebuilding and reimagining national economies. A new IPU policy note, Green approaches to COVID-19 recovery: Policy note for parliamentarians, published in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, provides practical guidance on how to seize this historic […]