Region: Europe

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 […]

Gender equality remains a key strategic objective of the IPU © Eyepix/NurPhoto via AFP

New IPU report: more women in parliament and more countries with gender parity

The global proportion of women parliamentarians has increased by 0.6 percentage points to reach 26.1 per cent according to the IPU’s latest Women in Parliament in 2021 report. This is in line with progress seen in the past two years. The increase can be largely attributed to the critical role played by well-designed quotas. In the 48 countries that […]

A woman clears debris at a damaged residential building at Koshytsa Street, a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, hit by a military shell on February 25, 2022 during Russia's invasion of Ukraine (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP)

Statement on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by the IPU Executive Committee

Statement – We stand with the people of Ukraine. We express solidarity with our parliamentary brothers and sisters from the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, a fully-fledged Member of the IPU since 1999. We, the members of the IPU Executive Committee, condemn in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine. It must stop […]

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IPU President & Secretary General’s Statement on developments in Ukraine

We strongly condemn the Russian President’s decision to recognise the independence of the separatist regions Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. This is a violation of internationally recognized borders and constitutes a breach in the territorial sovereignty of Ukraine, a fully-fledged IPU Member since 1999.   We urge all parties to refrain from any use […]