Activity Reports

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.

You can search for specific reports by using keywords, themes, categories or date using the fields on the right.


Bangladesh. Community members taking part in a parliamentary outreach visit to Sirajgaon. © Mosta Gausul Hoque

To engage citizens more, parliaments should embrace these four trends

The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and United Nations Development Programme, takes a detailed look at why public engagement matters and how parliaments across the world are engaging with their communities. The findings reveal major trends that should influence the way parliaments conduct public engagement. Within the arena of parliamentary engagement, four […]

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong at the opening of GESDA Science Diplomacy Week © GESDA/ Gabriel Lado

IPU joins GESDA backed coalition to support science diplomacy

Although the concept of “science diplomacy” is barely a decade old, it is becoming a well-established marriage of the two fields in which the soft power of science is harnessed to encourage countries to work together, and diplomacy supports scientific progress for the greater good of humanity. A hard case has now been made for […]

Protestors rally against climate change during the COP26 Meeting in Glasgow in November 2021

Climate change took centre stage at the 144th Assembly of the IPU

Hosted by the Indonesian Parliament, the 144th Assembly of the IPU brought together some 110 national parliaments on the theme ‘Getting to zero: Mobilizing parliaments to act on climate change’. The Assembly concluded with the adoption of the Nusa Dua Declaration, in which the world’s parliamentarians recognized the urgent need to address the climate crisis. The Nusa Dua […]

People line up to receive humanitarian aid distributed in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, on April 26, 2022. Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP

IPU sets up Task Force for addressing Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine

A newly-formed IPU Task Force made up of parliamentarians from around the world met virtually on 25 April to explore possible parliamentary solutions to contribute to an end to Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine. This diplomatic effort at the global parliamentary level aims to complement on-going peace efforts at the governmental and UN level. The […]

The Ambassadors of Norway and Estonia and the Deputy Ambassdor of Germ,any brief MPs/Peers on the impacts of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine.

European Ambassadors brief MPs/Peers on the impact of illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine

On Tuesday 26 April, BGIPU held an Ambassador roundtable chaired by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP, to members of both the House of Commons and Lords. Present at the meeting were the Ambassador of Norway, His Excellency Wegger Chr. Strømmen, the Ambassador of Estonia, His Excellency Mr Vilja Lubi, and the German Chargé d ’Affair, […]

Almost all consequences of climate change directly affect human lives, and it is the single biggest threat to health around the world.

IPU marks World Health Day on 7 April: Our planet, our health, our parliaments

April 7 marks World Health Day, a day which has taken on a new sense of urgency by the climate crisis. Almost all consequences of climate change directly affect human lives, and it is the single biggest threat to health around the world. For parliamentarians, there is no time to waste. Action must be taken […]

On 30 March, BGIPU hosted an African Ambassador Roundtable which was chaired by the Chair of BGIPU, Harriett Baldwin MP. Members received first-hand accounts of political, social and economic developments in Gabon, Ethiopia and Madagascar.

Embassies give update briefings on Gabon, Ethiopia and Madagascar for MPs/Peers

On 30 March, BGIPU hosted an African Ambassador Roundtable which was chaired by the Chair of BGIPU, Harriett Baldwin MP. Members received briefings from HE Sanni Aoudou, Ambassador of Gabon; HE Teferi Melesse Desta, Ambassador of Ethiopia; and Mr Tojonirina Ramarolahy, Chargé d’Affaire to Madagascar. The well attended meeting was an important opportunity for UK […]

The International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace is a permanent observer of the IPU. It is the legislative arm of the Global Council for Tolerance and Peace, created in 2017 to contribute to the promotion of a culture of tolerance among the peoples and nations of the world.

IPU President addresses International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace in UAE

On 27 March, IPU President, Duarte Pacheco addressed the Ninth Plenary Session of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace, hosted by the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates. With the backdrop of war in Ukraine, the President recalled the IPU’s foundational values of dialogue and political cooperation as a means of resolving […]

The handbook uses the framework of the International Health Regulations (2005), which are an instrument of international law conferring rights and obligations on individual countries. They are designed to prevent the spread of disease internationally and to guide the public-health response when risks arise.

IPU & WHO publish handbook to assist MPs prepare for the next pandemic

To help draw lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and be better prepared for the next health crisis, the IPU and the World Health Organization (WHO) have jointly published Strengthening health security preparedness: The International Health Regulations (2005). This is the 34th handbook for parliamentarians published by the IPU. The handbook is designed to be an essential […]