Region: Global Issues

The International Day of Parliamentarism is celebrated every year on 30 June, the date in 1889 on which the IPU was founded. UK Parliament shares with with its French counterpart the honour of being a founding member of the IPU.

On 30 June the world celebrates the International Day of Parliamentarism

The International Day of Parliamentarism is celebrated every year on 30 June, the date in 1889 on which the IPU was founded. The Day was established in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution. Instituting an international day for parliaments is particularly important at this critical time for parliamentary democracy, when people are losing trust […]

A new resolution on the interaction between the United Nations, parliaments and the IPU was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 21 June 2022 reaffirming the commitment of the UN and the IPU to deepen the engagement of parliaments in key multilateral processes.

New UN General Assembly resolution reinforces cooperation with IPU

A new resolution on the interaction between the United Nations, parliaments and the IPU was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 21 June 2022. The resolution reaffirms the commitment of the UN and the IPU to deepen the engagement of parliaments in key multilateral processes for peace, democracy, and sustainable development.. This is the latest […]

The global parliamentary conference in Türkiye offered an important opportunity for parliaments and their members to take stock of the state of implementation of the Global Compacts and of old and new challenges that stand in the way of stronger collective, bilateral and national action on refugee issues.

Parliamentary conference calls for stronger international solidarity to protect refugees

Some 300 parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, including 16 Speakers and Deputy Speakers, from over 50 countries convened in Türkiye on 20-21 June for a global parliamentary conference on migration, organized jointly by the IPU and the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye. The conference provided an opportunity for Members of Parliament to take stock of the […]

UK member Dan Carden MP spoke as a panellist on action to address climate change on 15 June 2022.

Young MPs for climate action: Eighth IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians

On 15 and 16 June, some 200 young parliamentarians from 60 countries convened in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt for the 8th IPU Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. The conference was jointly organized by the IPU and the Parliament of Egypt. This year’s theme is Young MPs for Climate Action in the lead-up to COP27 also taking place in Sharm-el-Sheikh […]

Brazil- A special session of the Federal Senate to honour indigenous peoples © Senado Federal

For parliaments, and the people they represent, better engagement is vital

IPU and UNDP publish third edition of the Global Parliamentary Report based on two years of research and contributions from over 70 parliaments. Geneva, New York— The decline in public trust in governance and the rise of authoritarianism must be addressed through better parliamentary public engagement, according to the new Global Parliamentary Report, published by the […]

Public meeting with MPs in Mali © CNT

IPU supports citizen engagement to foster reconciliation in Mali

Since 2012, Mali has been experiencing a period of instability and conflict, due to the occupation of the north of the country by armed groups, numerous terrorist attacks and inter-community violence. In addition, in August 2020, following the overthrow of those in power, a transition government and a National Transitional Council (CNT) serving as a […]

© Parliament of Zimbabwe / Tisadaro Kahlamba

IPU highlights examples of parliamentary public engagement around the world

As the international organization of parliaments, the IPU is committed to strengthening the relationship between the elected and the electors. The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and UNDP, focuses on improving that relationship through better engagement. Citing model case studies from around the world, the report presents a timely guide for parliamentarians […]

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 […]