Theme: Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation

A truck carrying humanitarian aid enters the southern Gaza Strip from Egypt on 2 November 2023. MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

IPU leadership statement on the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Gaza

We are deeply concerned by the escalation in fighting in Gaza. We are increasingly worried by the rising death toll in the West Bank We are horrified by the unprecedented extent of casualties on both sides and the immense human suffering that this conflict is causing to innocent civilians, including women, children and the elderly. […]

Tulia Ackson of the United Republic of Tanzania is elected the 31st President of the IPU.

Dr Tulia Ackson elected new President of the IPU at 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda

Tulia Ackson of the United Republic of Tanzania has been elected as the 31st President of the IPU by the IPU’s Governing Council, its main decision-making body made up of parliamentarians from around the world. She takes over from Mr. Duarte Pacheco, a parliamentarian from Portugal, who concluded his three-year mandate at the end of the 147th […]

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 […]

Ms. Pia Glover-Rolle addresses the 147th IPU Assembly on Bahamas becoming the 180th member parliament.

IPU welcomes the Bahamas, its 180th Member at the 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda

The IPU has taken one step closer to universal membership with the addition of its newest Member, the Parliament of the Bahamas, at the 147th IPU Assembly in Luanda, Angola. Minister and parliamentarian, Ms. Pia Glover-Rolle, said: “We share many of the same goals and objectives [as the IPU], not least of which is a […]

The Kaposoka Symphony Orchestra, an Angolan orchestra made up of teenagers from vulnerable families performs the IPU Anthem on 24 October 2023 at the 147th IPU Assembly Opening Ceremony. IPU

New IPU anthem premieres at opening ceremony of 147th IPU Assembly

The 147th IPU Assembly opened on 23 October 2023 in Luanda, Angola, with the inaugural performance of the new IPU anthem. The anthem was performed by the Kaposoka Symphony Orchestra, an Angolan orchestra made up of teenagers from vulnerable families, in the presence of the Angolan President João Lourenço, dozens of Speakers of Parliament and […]

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 […]

Speaker Birla and President Pacheco with other Speakers of Parliament in front of the old Indian Parliament Building

Heads of Parliament of the world’s largest economies convene in New Delhi

The Parliament of India, in cooperation with the IPU, brought together parliamentary leaders from the world’s 20 major economies at the Ninth G20 Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit and Parliamentary Forum, the so-called ‘P20’, from 13-14 October in New Delhi, India. The Summit follows a meeting of the heads of state of the Group of 20 world economies […]

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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 […]