Through its programme of activities, the BGIPU seeks to engage Parliamentarians in key global issues and works to expand awareness and understanding of foreign relations and the contribution to be made by the UK Parliament to consolidate parliamentary democracy worldwide.
Here you can read the reports of our activities, including our Outward Delegations, IPU conferences and events and inward visits to Westminster.
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On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (6 and 9 August), the IPU renews its calls for parliamentary action to ban the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. In a letter co-signed with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the IPU encourages all […]
The IPU Advisory Group on Health has issued a statement on the current COVID-19 pandemic, calling on parliaments to cooperate with stakeholders to build capacity to manage health emergencies, including preparedness, prevention and response. The pandemic has placed demands on decision-makers to act quickly to stem its spread. These decision-makers include parliaments, which are crucial […]
The first part of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will take place virtually on 19 and 20 August 2020, organized by the IPU in partnership with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations. Over 250 Speakers of parliament have been invited to join other parliamentarians, experts and United Nations representatives to […]
The IPU is calling on Speakers of Parliaments to promote national action and investment to advance universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IPU has partnered with UHC2030, a multi-stakeholder movement whose mission is to accelerate progress towards access to health for all. In a letter co-signed […]
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 Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP, took the of the Summer Adjournment Debate on 22 July 2020 to outline the work of BGIPU and how its programme has been maintained and expanded into virtual exchanges and events against the backdrop of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con): Hansard Entry I will not say […]
In a preview briefing for Members of Parliament jointly hosted with BGIPU on 20 July, BBC World Service Director, Jamie Angus, gave MPs and Peers a preview of annual audience measurements showing that the BBC’s global reach has increased by 11% in 2020 to 468m people a week – its highest audience ever and a […]
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 […]
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 […]
As announced by the IPU Secretariat in Geneva, the first part of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will take place virtually on 19 and 20 August 2020, organized by the IPU in partnership with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations. Over 150 Speakers of parliament have been invited to join […]