Region: Global Issues

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IPU and CERN launch the Science for Peace Schools for parliamentary staff

The Science for Peace Schools is a new pilot annual training scheme for parliamentary staff designed to bridge the worlds of science and politics. Launched by the IPU and the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), the first edition or School will take place from 5-10 December. The objective of the School is to create a […]

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From pitch to parliament: how four leading footballers became parliamentarians

George Weah, Liberia The Liberian footballer-turned-president was named African, European and World player of the year in 1995, becoming the first and only African player to win the latter two awards while representing his country internationally. Weah began his career with a three-year semi-professional contract at Cameroonian club Tonnerre of Yaoundé, before signing with French first division […]


Violence against women parliamentarians: Causes, effects, solutions

Women account for just over 26% of parliamentarians worldwide according to the IPU’s latest figures. Despite progress made in recent years, significant obstacles continue to block their path to parity with their male counterparts. One of the biggest obstacles is sexism, harassment and gender-based violence. IPU reports show that sexist abuse persists across all parliaments in all […]

Children's rights remain vital to ensuring universal human rights are respected and protected globally.

IPU and UN mobilize parliaments to support children’s rights

In the lead-up to 20 November, World Children’s Day, the IPU and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) have released a joint statement on the role of parliaments in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols. The joint statement underscores the role that […]

There were panellists from CPA UK, BGIPU and Embassy Magazine in the IPU Room, off Westminster Hall at UK Parliament.

BGIPU & CPA UK join Embassy Magazine for outreach event for London-based mission staff

In partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK Branch) and Embassy Magazine, BGIPU was very pleased to host an outreach event for London-based embassy and high commission staff to provide an overview of how the UK Parliament manages its inter-parliamentary relations, with a key focus on the work of CPA UK and BGIPU. Welcomed by […]

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IPU sees how 6 countries are fighting climate change with legislation

Legislation on climate action is critical for the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement and to bring down global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. The LSE’s Grantham Research Institute, partnering with the IPU, has created a database which has so far tracked around 3,000 laws and policies. As countries raise their ambitions, fresh legislation […]

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IPU and Egyptian House of Representatives convene Parliamentary Meeting at COP27

The annual COP conference is the most important international gathering on climate change. It convenes leaders, policymakers, scientists and civil society from around the globe to identify joint solutions to advance climate action. The Parliamentary Meeting to be held on the occasion of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United […]

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IPU explains how African parliaments are addressing the climate crisis

There is no longer any doubt: developing countries are paying the price for human-induced climate change, despite being the least responsible for it. Some sources estimate that the Global North is responsible for 92% of excess historic global CO2 emissions. And yet, 55 of the most climate-vulnerable countries suffered economic losses totalling more than half a trillion […]

Nordic/Baltic Ambassadors provided an informative session for MPs/Peers addressing current responses in support of Ukraine and long-term strategies to deal with Russian aggression. in Europe.

Key Nordic/Baltic responses with UK to support Ukraine and address Russian aggression

On Tuesday 25 October 2022, BGIPU held a Nordic/Baltic Ambassador briefing chaired by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP and APPG Norway Chair, Sir Mark Hendrick MP to hear from the Ambassadors of Lithuania, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland, the Deputy Head of Mission of Finland, and the Defence Attaché of Estonia on their respective country […]