Region: Asia-Pacific

IPU 2023

Human Rights of MPs: Some success stories from IPU efforts despite uptick in abuse

A few days before Human Rights Day on 10 December, the IPU has released its annual map of the number of reported cases of human rights violations suffered by parliamentarians around the world. Although the numbers continue to rise, there have been positive developments in some countries, partly due to actions by the Committee on the Human Rights […]

Speaker Birla and President Pacheco with other Speakers of Parliament in front of the old Indian Parliament Building

Heads of Parliament of the world’s largest economies convene in New Delhi

The Parliament of India, in cooperation with the IPU, brought together parliamentary leaders from the world’s 20 major economies at the Ninth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit and Parliamentary Forum, the so-called ‘P20’, from 13-14 October in New Delhi, India. The Summit follows a meeting of the heads of state of the Group of 20 world economies […]

Delegation with members of the Senate of Uzbekistan

UK delegation to Uzbekistan highlights possibilities for future collaboration

From 25 to 29 September, I had the privilege to lead BGIPU’s first ever bilateral delegation to Uzbekistan.   I was joined by BGIPU Vice Chair Alex Sobel, Catherine West, Anna McMorrin, BGIPU Executive Committee member Lord Cromwell and Lord Hussain, and assisting us from the Secretariat were Dominique Rees and Henry Collison. Despite arriving in […]

The Parliament of Vietnam will host the Ninth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians

Vietnam to host the Ninth Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians

The 9th IPU Global Conference of Young MPs will kick off on 15 September in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Hundreds of Young MPs from around the world will meet to consider their roles in accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians is a unique platform for young Members […]

ROK delegation near Elizabeth Tower outside Westminster Hall

ROK delegation visit highlights common areas for mutual engagement on key emerging issues

BGIPU was delighted to host a reciprocal visit from Members of the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly on Wednesday 14 June, following a successful visit to Seoul last year. The visit was led by former Minister for the Environment, Hon. Jeoungae Han, who played a key role in hosting the BGIPU delegation in Seoul in […]

The Cuojia Glacier © Wen Sihai via AFP

IPU looks at how Kingdom of Bhutan is addressing climate change

The Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world. The landlocked mountainous country has a fragile ecosystem with around 2,700 glaciers which are beginning to melt, causing floods and landslides. The country suffers from prolonged and extreme droughts which increase the risk of biodiversity loss and forest fires. Climate change […]

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IPU pays tribute to Afghan MP Mursal Nabizada murdered in Kabul

It is with great sadness that the IPU learnt of the murder of former Afghan parliamentarian Ms. Mursal Nabizada.  According to news reports, Ms. Nabizada and her bodyguard were shot dead at her home in Kabul on 15 January. Ms. Nabizada was elected to the Afghan National Assembly, representing Kabul, in 2018. She was an active member of the IPU and attended […]