Activities: BGIPU Seminars & Events

On 29 April, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between parliamentarians from the UK and Portugal was chaired by Portugal APPG Chair, Stephen Hammond MP,

Valuable exchange with counterparts from Britain’s oldest bilateral alliance partner

On 29 April, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between parliamentarians from the UK and Portugal. The meeting was chaired by Portugal APPG Chair, Stephen Hammond MP, who was joined by Lord Dubs, Baroness Hooper, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Rogan, Chris Elmore MP, Tony Lloyd MP, and Wendy Chamberlain MP. The Portuguese delegation was […]

On 29 April, BGIPU convened a bilateral meeting between UK and Finnish Parliamentarians. The discussion was led by Executive Committee Treasurer, Mr Alex Sobel MP and the Finnish side was led by the Chair of the Finnish IPU Group, Ms Heli Järvinen.

MPs/Peers share perspectives on climate, COVID-19 with their counterparts in Finland

On 29 April, BGIPU convened a bilateral meeting between UK and Finnish Parliamentarians. The discussion was led by Executive Committee Treasurer, Mr Alex Sobel MP, and he was joined by Mr Angus MacNeil MP, Ms Anne McLaughlin MP, Baroness Blower, Baroness Kidron, Baroness Ramsay, Mr Ben Spencer MP (Chair of the Finnish APPG), Mr Douglas […]

BGIPU pleased to confirm that Alex Sobel MP has been selected by its Executive Committee as its COP26 Rapporteur.

Alex Sobel MP selected as Rapporteur to advance IPU engagement in COP26

BGIPU is very pleased to confirm that Alex Sobel MP has been selected by its Executive Committee as its COP26 Rapporteur. Given the joint UK-Italy presidency, he will work closely with the IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, the IPU Secretariat and the Italian Parliament-appointed Rapporteur Alessia Rotta, Chair of the Environment, Territory and Public Works Standing […]

There are sufficient laws to protect the rainforest but neither the Government, nor Facebook are doing enough to ensure that they are upheld. Once 25% of the Amazon Rainforest has been deforested, it becomes unable to sustain itself.

MPs/Peers hear of Illegal sale of Amazon rainforest plots from BBC World Service

On 16 April, BGIPU and the BBC World Service co-hosted a virtual discussion on the illegal sale of Amazon Rainforest plots. The meeting was co-chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee and International Development Committee Member, Kate Osamor MP, and Climate Committee Chair, Lord Deben, and was well-attended by a group of MPs and Peers with an […]

The discussion moderated by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP, who was joined by John Penrose MP, the Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion, IPU/UN hearing participant, Owen Thompson MP, as well as Daniel Bruce and Alex Runswick from Transparency International UK

Virtual follow-up discussion on IPU Hearing on fighting corruption

In partnership with Transparency International UK, BGIPU arranged on 14 April a virtual follow-up event to take up the key themes of the IPU’s Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations “Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects” where the Chair of the global board of Transparency International had delivered the keynote […]

BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP sits in a socially distanced hybrid House of Commons during a debate in May 2020

BGIPU remains extremely active and engaged despite marking one year under lockdown

With UK Parliamentary travel suspended since March 2020 and all IPU meetings cancelled or being held virtually online, the COVID-19 global pandemic represents the most serious disruption to the work of BGIPU since the two World Wars of the 20th century.  Over the last year, as the global pandemic spread to an estimated 120 million […]

On 11 March, BGIPU hosted a virtual parliamentary briefing with British Ambassadors to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman, and the Chargé d’Affaires to Kuwait. The event was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee member and Chair of the Saudi Arabia and Oman APPG, Mr Mark Menzies MP.

British Ambassadors in Gulf region brief parliamentarians on UK relations & regional trends

On 11 March, BGIPU hosted a virtual parliamentary briefing with British Ambassadors to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Oman, and the Chargé d’Affaires to Kuwait. The event was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee member and Chair of the Saudi Arabia and Oman APPG, Mr Mark Menzies MP. It was well-attended by MPs and Peers from […]