Activities: Policy Seminars & Events

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 […]

Experts from the IPU and other Parliaments briefed UK Peers on key IT responses to COVID-19

IPU and global parliamentary IT experts brief UK Peers on COVID-19 responses

BGIPU hosted a roundtable on Parliamentary IT responses to COVID-19 on Tuesday 8 September. BGIPU Director Rick Nimmo moderated the session which was attended by Lord Russell, Lord Clement-Jones, on behalf of the House of Lords IT Users group.  Through the assistance of the IPU Centre for Innovation in Parliament, a panel of experts comprised […]

A guard watchtower rises along a perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region © Thomas Peter (Reuters)

BHRC report on responsibility under international law regarding Uyghurs in China

In cooperation with the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), our partner body, the Parliamentary Human Rights Group and the APPG on Uyghurs, BGIPU Executive Committee members participated in the launch of BHRC’s new report, ‘Responsibility of  States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China’, on 22 […]

BGIPU was very pleased to hear the perspectives of Ambassador Simon Smith on ROK Government's management of the COVID-19 global pandemic's impacts on its country

Roundtable with UK Ambassador on ROK’s national response to COVID-19

BGIPU were very pleased to host a briefing from the UK Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, H.E. Simon Smith on 20 July regarding that country’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and hear his observations on the key social, economic and political impacts of the outbreak.  Members warmly welcomed the opportunity to hear directly […]

The virtual roundtable gave MPs and Peers a unique experience to learn directly from UK Missions who have has valued and unique insights into the national experiences and responses of each of their respective countries of accreditation.

Comparisons and key challenges in Europe’s COVID-19 responses

BGIPU hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on 16 July focusing on the different COVID-19 experiences of some of our closest European neighbours. The event was chaired by BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP and featured three UK Mission representatives from the region: Eleanor Sanders, Deputy Head of Mission to Italy; Nerys Jones, Deputy Head of Mission […]

MPs & Peers participated to hear from the British Red Cross and MSF on the plight of refugees and migrants facing the impacts of COVID-19

Increased Risks & Vulnerabilities from COVID-19 to Refugees & Migrant Populations

On Friday 19 June, BGIPU hosted a virtual parliamentary discussion on COVID-19: The Increased Risks and Vulnerabilities to Refugees and Migrant Populations with The British Red Cross (BRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The proceedings were chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee member, Chris Law MP, with panellists from both BRC and MSF. The event was […]