Region: Global Issues

The first part of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will take place virtually on 19 and 20 August 2020, organized by the IPU in partnership with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations.

IPU Speakers’ Conference to focus on multilateralism in COVID-19 context

The first part of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will take place virtually on 19 and 20 August 2020, organized by the IPU in partnership with the Parliament of Austria and the United Nations. Over 250 Speakers of parliament have been invited to join other parliamentarians, experts and United Nations representatives to […]

Public health worker in Mandalay, Myanmar. © USAID Asia

IPU urges Speakers of Parliament to commit to universal health coverage

The IPU is calling on Speakers of Parliaments to promote national action and investment to advance universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IPU has partnered with UHC2030, a multi-stakeholder movement whose mission is to accelerate progress towards access to health for all. In a letter co-signed […]

A guard watchtower rises along a perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region © Thomas Peter (Reuters)

BHRC report on responsibility under international law regarding Uyghurs in China

In cooperation with the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), our partner body, the Parliamentary Human Rights Group and the APPG on Uyghurs, BGIPU Executive Committee members participated in the launch of BHRC’s new report, ‘Responsibility of  States under International Law to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China’, on 22 […]

BGIPU was very pleased to hear the perspectives of Ambassador Simon Smith on ROK Government's management of the COVID-19 global pandemic's impacts on its country

Roundtable with UK Ambassador on ROK’s national response to COVID-19

BGIPU were very pleased to host a briefing from the UK Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, H.E. Simon Smith on 20 July regarding that country’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and hear his observations on the key social, economic and political impacts of the outbreak.  Members warmly welcomed the opportunity to hear directly […]

The virtual roundtable gave MPs and Peers a unique experience to learn directly from UK Missions who have has valued and unique insights into the national experiences and responses of each of their respective countries of accreditation.

Comparisons and key challenges in Europe’s COVID-19 responses

BGIPU hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on 16 July focusing on the different COVID-19 experiences of some of our closest European neighbours. The event was chaired by BGIPU Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP and featured three UK Mission representatives from the region: Eleanor Sanders, Deputy Head of Mission to Italy; Nerys Jones, Deputy Head of Mission […]

Building back better after COVID-19: Parliaments & disaster risk reduction

In the context of the IPU campaign, Parliaments in time of a pandemic, the IPU is partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in the organization of a series of webinars for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. Following the first webinar on COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and […]