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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In 2008, the Rwanda Chamber of Deputies was the first elected national parliament where women were the majority. The proportion of MPs who are women is at 61.25% today, way above the current global average of 26.4%. Rwanda has been at the top of the IPU’s monthly ranking of women in national parliament for years. How […]
The Parliament of Indonesia, in cooperation with the IPU, brought together parliamentary leaders from the world’s 20 major economies at the Parliamentary Forum and the Eighth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit, the ‘P20’, which took place from 5-7 October in Jakarta, Indonesia. In their deliberations, the Speakers of Parliament underlined that strong parliaments are key to strong […]
Every year, the G20 strengthens its work by engaging with various stakeholder groups who draft recommendations to G20 governments and contribute to the policymaking process. As the representatives of the people and of all interests in society, the parliaments of every G20 member need to be actively engaged in this influential gathering of global leaders. […]
In advance of the 145th IPU Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda in mid-October 2022, the IPU asks what are the criteria that make a parliament gender-sensitive? Which parliaments are more gender-sensitive than others? How can your parliament become more gender-sensitive? Answers in this short video.
We support and align ourselves with the position of the United Nations, as expressed by the UN Secretary-General, in condemning the illegal annexations of four regions (Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia) of the sovereign country of Ukraine, in violation of its territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders. The UN Charter is clear: any annexation of […]
In a statement released on 30 September following President Putin purporting to annex parts of the neighbouring sovereign state of Ukraine, IPU President Duarte Pacheco said on twitter “I strongly condemn the illegal annexations of 4 sovereign areas of #Ukraine. They have no legitimacy following sham referenda held under Russian force. This is a clear […]
BGIPU sent a delegation to Helsinki from 26-30 September 2022 led by Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP and comprising Lord Beith, Bob Blackman MP, John Nicolson MP and Dan Carden MP. The visit was the first bilateral visit by BGIPU for twenty years and came at an extremely opportune time, given the close and very […]
The IPU welcomes the prisoner exchange between the Russian Federation and Ukraine that took place on 21 September. The IPU commends all the countries involved in the negotiation involving some 250 prisoners. The exchange is a welcome sign that cooperation is possible and that agreements can be found through dialogue and diplomacy. This exchange is […]
I was delighted to attend the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum 22 in Geneva with Baroness Hooper of Liverpool on 27 September 2022. The forum was opened by the Director General of the WTO, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the main theme was entitled ‘Towards a Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery – Ambition to Action’. The […]
As Liz Truss becomes the UK’s next PM, here’s how women parliamentarians can gain ground in politics. Succeeding in politics is tough – succeeding as a woman is even harder. Millions of women around the world face discrimination, sexism and violence, with women parliamentarians being no exception. Liz Truss’s appointment as the United Kingdom’s Prime […]