Region: Global Issues

The Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Parliament building in Bangladesh. © Bangladesh Parliament.

Buildings fit for a parliament: The politics of parliamentary architecture

Parliament buildings are often statements revealing a country’s vision, traditions and culture. Here are the five types of plenary halls and their political significance. As former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill commented: “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.” Architecture has a profound impact on our behaviour. The size and shape of a […]

Voters wait in line in Freetown on 24 June 2023 JOHN WESSELS / AFP

IPU highlights record number of women MPs elected in Sierra Leone Parliament

Following recent elections, women lawmakers now account for 30.4% of the elected seats in the Sierra Leone Parliament, up from 14.5% in the previous election. The surge in women MPs is largely thanks to the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Act, signed into law by President Julius Maada Bio a few months ago, which sets a 30% quota of […]

Past BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP, accompanied by BGIPU Audit Committee Chair, Flick Drummond MP and current Chair, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, pays tribute to the leadership of President Pacheco at the meeting on 11 July 2023.

IPU President Pacheco invited to Palace of Westminster by BGIPU Executive Committee

As he enter his final months in office, IPU President, Duarte Pacheco of Portugal, was invited to visit to Palace of Westminster to address the BGIPU Executive Committee on the key challenges and successes of his time in office.  He noted a key highlight have been the steady and progressive rebuilding of the IPU’s scope […]

Álvaro Malmierca and Martin Chungong signing the agreement flanked by Beatriz Argimon and Gustavo Sánchez on the left and Duarte Pacheco on the right.

IPU and Uruguay sign agreement to open future regional office

On the eve of its 134-year anniversary and the International Day of Parliamentarism, the IPU and Uruguay have signed an agreement with the objective of opening a regional IPU office in Montevideo. The future office will be a pilot project designed to deepen the IPU’s engagement with parliaments in the Latin American and Caribbean region by encouraging […]

The IPU was born 134 years ago this week. Discover our history in 134 seconds

On 30 June 1889, visionary parliamentarians Frédéric Passy of France and William Randall Cremer of the United Kingdom brought together MPs from Belgium, Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Liberia, the United Kingdom and the USA in the first inter-parliamentary meeting in Paris, France. The Inter-Parliamentary Conference, later to become the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was born. What […]

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New handbook: Mobilizing parliaments to eliminate discrimination against women

Twenty years after the first edition, the IPU and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have published a new version of a handbook for parliamentarians on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its Optional Protocol. What is the CEDAW Convention? More than four […]

Mr Tankoano, Rabbi HaCohen and Imam Barakat ©IPU

World MPs commit to stronger ties with religious leaders to promote peaceful coexistence

The first global Parliamentary Conference on Interfaith Dialogue: Working together for our common future is expected to conclude with a declaration that encourages interfaith dialogue and calls for all religions and beliefs to be treated equally. The Marrakesh Communiqué calls on parliamentarians to ensure that “all religions, beliefs and faith-based organizations are treated equally and without discrimination under the […]

Mr. Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary General and Mr. Dan Carden, member of Parliament of the United Kingdom and President of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians.

Marking 2nd anniversary of its campaign, IPU holds Shout out to Youth Changemakers!

To mark the two-year anniversary of the I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament! campaign, the IPU organized an online event called Shout Out to Youth Changemakers on 24 May 2023. The gathering served as a platform for taking stock of progress in implementing transformative actions, sharing success stories, and galvanizing further action to rejuvenate parliaments. The event brought […]