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IPU welcomes the Bahamas, its 180th Member at the 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda

The IPU has taken one step closer to universal membership with the addition of its newest Member, the Parliament of the Bahamas, at the 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda, Angola.

Minister and parliamentarian, Ms. Pia Glover-Rolle, said: “We share many of the same goals and objectives [as the IPU], not least of which is a commitment to promoting and advancing global peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development. We are proud to now be a part of this international community, which truly represents the interests of governments and nations around the world. Through the IPU, even the smallest nations have a voice and a platform to speak up and make a difference. This particularly matters for small island developing states like the Bahamas that are currently grappling with an emerging climate reality that threatens our very existence. The IPU’s policy focus on climate change is needed and should be applauded.”

The Bahamas has a bicameral parliament with 39 MPs directly elected to its lower house, the House of Assembly, and 16 members appointed to the Senate. Women parliamentarians make up 18% of the members of the lower house and 25% of the Senate. Both chambers are presided over by women: Patricia Deveaux is the Speaker of the House of Assembly and Lashell Adderley is the President of the Senate.

Welcome to the Bahamas!

IPU Secretariat, Geneva