Month: May 2022

Brazil- A special session of the Federal Senate to honour indigenous peoples © Senado Federal

For parliaments, and the people they represent, better engagement is vital

IPU and UNDP publish third edition of the Global Parliamentary Report based on two years of research and contributions from over 70 parliaments. Geneva, New York— The decline in public trust in governance and the rise of authoritarianism must be addressed through better parliamentary public engagement, according to the new Global Parliamentary Report, published by the […]

The Ambassadors of Greece, Finland, Sweden and Lithuania brief MPs/Peers on European security issues stemming from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ambassadors brief on European security impacts of Russian invasion of Ukraine

On Tuesday 24 May, BGIPU held an Ambassador briefing chaired by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP, for members of both the House of Commons and Lords. Present at the meeting were the Ambassador of Greece, His Excellency Mr Ionnis E. Raptakis, the Ambassador of Finland, His Excellency Mr Jukka Reino Siukosaari, the Ambassador of Lithuania, […]

Public meeting with MPs in Mali © CNT

IPU supports citizen engagement to foster reconciliation in Mali

Since 2012, Mali has been experiencing a period of instability and conflict, due to the occupation of the north of the country by armed groups, numerous terrorist attacks and inter-community violence. In addition, in August 2020, following the overthrow of those in power, a transition government and a National Transitional Council (CNT) serving as a […]

© Parliament of Zimbabwe / Tisadaro Kahlamba

IPU highlights examples of parliamentary public engagement around the world

As the international organization of parliaments, the IPU is committed to strengthening the relationship between the elected and the electors. The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and UNDP, focuses on improving that relationship through better engagement. Citing model case studies from around the world, the report presents a timely guide for parliamentarians […]

HM Ambassadors to Ukraine and Poland briefed UK parliamentarians on the dire humanitarian and security impacts of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine

HM Ambassadors to Ukraine and Poland brief UK MPs/Peers on impact of Russian invasion

On Wednesday 18 May, BGIPU held an Ambassador roundtable chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee member Wayne David MP, for members of both the House of Commons and Lords. Present at the meeting were Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Melinda Simmons, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Poland, Anna Clunes (virtually). They updated the members on the […]

Bangladesh. Community members taking part in a parliamentary outreach visit to Sirajgaon. © Mosta Gausul Hoque

To engage citizens more, parliaments should embrace these four trends

The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and United Nations Development Programme, takes a detailed look at why public engagement matters and how parliaments across the world are engaging with their communities. The findings reveal major trends that should influence the way parliaments conduct public engagement. Within the arena of parliamentary engagement, four […]

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong at the opening of GESDA Science Diplomacy Week © GESDA/ Gabriel Lado

IPU joins GESDA backed coalition to support science diplomacy

Although the concept of “science diplomacy” is barely a decade old, it is becoming a well-established marriage of the two fields in which the soft power of science is harnessed to encourage countries to work together, and diplomacy supports scientific progress for the greater good of humanity. A hard case has now been made for […]

UK Delegation meets the head of the Greek IPU Group, Ms Olga Kefalogianni

UK Delegation engages with Greek counterparts on migration and bilateral issues

From 9th-12th May, a BGIPU delegation visited Greece looking to further strengthen bilateral relations and gain a better understanding of the Greek political system. The delegation was led by Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, who was joined by Chris Bryant MP, Derek Twigg MP and Angus MacNeil MP. Both the Hellenic Parliament and the British […]