Theme: Human Rights

Ms. Ackson said: “I feel happy that the first IPU event that I am opening as IPU President is for African parliaments, covering a vital issue requiring urgent attention for women, gender equality and democracy at large.

Eliminating violence against women in Africa: Ackson opens first event as IPU President

As part of her three-day visit to IPU Headquarters, newly elected IPU President Tulia Ackson spoke at a webinar on violence against women in African parliaments, organized by the IPU in partnership with the African Parliamentary Union (APU). The webinar was held in the lead-up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on […]

IPU & partners launch new tool to measure parliaments’ democratic credentials

The IPU and partner organizations have published a new tool called the Indicators for Democratic Parliaments, which offers a new approach to measuring parliamentary capacity, resilience and performance. Using a framework of 25 indicators, parliaments can evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses against established standards with a view to becoming stronger democratic institutions. The Indicators align […]

BGIPU Chair, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP addresses the General Debate at the 147th IPU Assembly.

UK very active at IPU Assembly which sees key outcomes on future institutional governance

Key Policy Outcomes At its 147th Assembly from 23-27 October 2023 in Angola, IPU members adopted the Luanda Declaration on Parliamentary action for peace, justice and strong institutions. The Declaration highlights the critical role that good governance plays as a means to achieving sustainable development. It calls for parliamentarians to “strengthen trust and ensure the more […]

IPU finds that lawmakers are getting younger but not everywhere

The latest IPU report on Youth Participation in Parliament reveals that parliaments are getting slightly younger, with small increases in the number of parliamentarians under 45 years old. However, despite the progress, parliaments are still a long way from representing young people proportionately. The report tracks changes in youth representation in parliaments following elections held between September […]

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IPU & UN Human Rights launch toolkit to encourage parliaments to champion human rights

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN Human Rights Office have today launched a toolkit to help parliaments better integrate human rights into their work. Parliaments and Human Rights: A self-assessment toolkit provides a practical introduction to assessing how human rights can be better mainstreamed into parliamentary processes and structures. The toolkit is designed to empower parliamentarians […]

The National Assembly of Angola.

IPU Assembly to focus on good governance to address global crises

The 147th IPU Assembly will be held in Luanda, Angola, from 23 to 27 October 2023, hosted by the National Assembly of Angola. The IPU Assembly will provide a platform for parliamentarians, partner organizations and experts to share good practice and commit to the overall theme of Parliamentary action for peace, justice and strong institutions. The theme is […]

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in partnership with the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments (ASGP), has published a Guide to digital transformation in parliaments.

New IPU/ASGP guide will empower parliaments to embrace digital transformation

Digital tools have never been more important for the effective functioning of parliaments. A new IPU guide to digital transformation provides a blueprint for parliaments to effectively scale up their use of digital tools, including artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in partnership with the Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments […]