Theme: Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation

The flag of the People's Republic of China

Visit to Westminster by a delegation from China, led by the Vice-Chair of the National People’s Congress

The purpose of the visit was to broaden and strengthen relations between Parliament and the National People’s Congress, and provide an opportunity for the All Party Parliamentary China Group to demonstrate the work it undertakes to support and develop the UK-China bilateral relationship, as well as deepening understanding of the UK Parliament.

The delegation visit an EUMM border monitoring point

Outward Delegation to Georgia

Overall a great deal has been achieved in a short period in Georgia. There are very grave difficulties, but these are being tackled by an able, innovative and optimistic people. Understandably the Russian presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia was the main theme on the minds of the parliamentarians whom the delegation met.

UN Headquarters in New York

Towards Economic Recovery: Rethinking Development, Retooling Global Governance

In cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the UN convened a Parliamentary Hearing on Towards Economic Recovery: Rethinking Development, Retooling Global Governance at UN Headquarers in New York from 3 to 4 December 2010.  Parliamentarians from around 70 countries were able to discuss key opportunities and challenges for ensuring sustainable economic development with a particular focus on current institutions of global governance and how they might need to be adapted to better respond to current global economic conditions.

UK Delegation visits Uruguay

UK Delegation to Uruguay

Calls for a trade agreement between the European Union and Mercosur – South America’s version of the Common Market – were top of the list in discussions between Uruguayan politicians and a visiting British delegation recently. In a succession of meetings, they covered a wide range of issues including the provision of a base for British Antarctic Survey ships and more co-operation between universities in the two countries.

UK Delegation Visit to Turkey

UK Delegation visit to Turkey

In a visit to Turkey from 17 to 22 October 2010, UK parliamnetarians had a series of deep discussions with senior Turkish MPs, representing the IPU, the Anglo-Turkish Friendship Group, and the leading political parties, as well as the Human Rights Commission, the EU Harmonisation Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee.  Key issues discussed included Turkey’s aspirations for EU membership, UK-Turkey relations, political matters in the country and human rights issues, as well as regional developments. 

The IPU logo in 2010

123rd IPU Assembly, Geneva

Some 460 Members of Parliament (including 22 Speakers) from 118 countries participated in the 123rd IPU Assembly in genva from 4 to 6 October 2010. The UK delegation was led by Nigel Evans MP and comprised the rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP and The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein CMG CBE.  The three-day Assembly adopted an emergency resolution entitled: Immediate action to support international relief efforts in response to natural disasters, in particular with regard to flood-stricken Pakistan. 

The delegation looks at de-mining activity in Angola

UK Delegation Visit to Angola

The delegation to Angola was the second to visit the country since the devastating 27 year civil war which ended in 2002.  The focus of the delegation was very much on the way in which Angola is dealing with the social and physical consequences of the war. It was also focused on the developments in the National Assembly which in September 2008 held its first parliamentary election since 1992.