Activities: BGIPU Seminars & Events

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Gender equality highs and lows: a tale of two parliamentary elections from IPU

Following an intense week of elections, the IPU’s two founding members, France and the United Kingdom, have just completed their parliamentary elections. How have both parliaments fared in terms of gender equality? How do they compare to previous chambers and the IPU’s global average of women in parliament which stood at 26.9% before these latest […]

BGIPU Chair, Dame Karen Bradley DBE MP, pictured in October 2023 congratulating the newly elected IPU President and Speaker of Tanzania, Dr Tulia Ackson MP.

BGIPU Chair Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP receives Damehood from HM King Charles III

BGIPU Chair, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP has been honoured with a Damehood for public and political service by HM King Charles III. Karen has been MP for the Staffordshire Moorlands since 2010 and has served under different Prime Ministers as a Government Whip, Minister in the Home Office, Culture Secretary and Secretary of State […]

Past BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP, accompanied by BGIPU Audit Committee Chair, Flick Drummond MP and current Chair, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, pays tribute to the leadership of President Pacheco at the meeting on 11 July 2023.

IPU President Pacheco invited to Palace of Westminster by BGIPU Executive Committee

As he enter his final months in office, IPU President, Duarte Pacheco of Portugal, was invited to visit to Palace of Westminster to address the BGIPU Executive Committee on the key challenges and successes of his time in office.  He noted a key highlight have been the steady and progressive rebuilding of the IPU’s scope […]

BGIPU Officers visits IPU SG Chungong in Geneva in January 2023

BGIPU Chair and Officers visit Geneva to meet with IPU SG and Secretariat staff

On 24 and 25 January, recently elected BGIPU Chair, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP accompanied by Vice-Chair Alex Sobel MP , Vice-Chair Rt Hon Vicky Ford MP and Treasurer Dan Carden MP visited Switzerland to meet the Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary General, Martin Chungong and senior staff of the IPU Secretariat at the House of Parliaments […]

There were panellists from CPA UK, BGIPU and Embassy Magazine in the IPU Room, off Westminster Hall at UK Parliament.

BGIPU & CPA UK join Embassy Magazine for outreach event for London-based mission staff

In partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch) and Embassy Magazine, BGIPU was very pleased to host an outreach event for London-based embassy and high commission staff to provide an overview of how the UK Parliament manages its inter-parliamentary relations, with a key focus on the work of CPA UK and BGIPU. Welcomed by […]

Nordic/Baltic Ambassadors provided an informative session for MPs/Peers addressing current responses in support of Ukraine and long-term strategies to deal with Russian aggression. in Europe.

Key Nordic/Baltic responses with UK to support Ukraine and address Russian aggression

On Tuesday 25 October 2022, BGIPU held a Nordic/Baltic Ambassador briefing chaired by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP and APPG Norway Chair, Sir Mark Hendrick MP to hear from the Ambassadors of Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, the Deputy Head of Mission of Finland, and the Defence Attaché of Estonia on their respective country […]

BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP speaks in the House of Commons on 10 September 2022 to pay tribute to the late HM Queen Elizabeth II.

BGIPU Chair pays tribute to the late HM Queen Elizabeth II in House of Commons

During tributes to the late HM Queen Elizabeth II in the House of Commons on 10 September 2022, the BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP highlighted the vital global role played by Her Majesty in encouraging peace and understanding in the world including inter-parliamentary dialogue noting that she opened three IPU Conferences convened in London in […]

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, […]

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 […]