Theme: Political Empowerment

The meeting provided an opportunity for parliamentary attendees to hear from experts on the backslide of democracy which has occurred as a result of the increased powers executives have gained to manage the public health crisis.

International Day of Democracy Event discusses key democractic challenges

On Wednesday 15 September, to mark UN International Day of Democracy, BGIPU hosted its first in-person event after eighteen months of reduced parliamentary activity. BGIPU invited a panel of experts on democracy, including Franklin De Vrieze, Senior Governance Advisor at Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Sarah Birch, Professor of Political Science at King’s College London and […]

IPU President, Duarte Pacheco said “Over the past year, we have seen how governments have used the pandemic as a pretext to roll back human rights and weaken democracy.

World Conference of Speakers adopts declaration for more effective global solidarity

The world’s top legislators gathered in Vienna, Austria this week for the first major in-person international parliamentary meeting in over 18 months. The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament brought together close to 100 Speakers from some 115 national parliaments and the heads of over a dozen regional and other parliamentary organizations. Afghanistan, climate change and […]

Over 110 Speakers of Parliament from around the world are expected to come to Vienna for the first physical large-scale inter-parliamentary meeting since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.

World Conference of Speakers of Parliament to meet in person in Vienna on 7-8 September

The Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, the world’s largest gathering of the highest level of parliamentary representation, will take place in Vienna, Austria on 7-8 September. Organized jointly by the IPU and the Austrian Parliament, in cooperation with the United Nations, this in-person segment of the conference follows a virtual session held in August 2020. […]

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IPU welcomes Canadian funding to advance gender equality in parliament

The IPU has announced it will will receive an additional two million Canadian dollars in funding to support its gender equality work in parliament. The three-year project, Gender Equality in Politics, is designed to support the IPU’s work in increasing women’s political empowerment. The funding will also help strengthen the capacity of parliaments to support […]

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, who marked the International Day of Parliamentarism with the raising of the IPU flag alongside BGIP Chair, Harriett Baldwin MP and other Executive Committee members, said MPs had a right to shine a spotlight on those who have no voice. © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

UK House of Commons Speaker raises a flag to the International Day of Parliamentarism

In a statement marking the day, the Speaker of the UK House of Commons, Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, said curtailing the rights of MPs to speak out will be one of the subjects under the spotlight as Parliaments across the globe celebrate the International Day of Parliamentarism. The Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on Human […]

On 30 June, the IPU and its Member Parliaments will mark the International Day of Parliamentarism with a number of events focusing on youth empowerment following the recent launch of the IPU campaign I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament!

IPU to focus on youth for International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June

On 30 June, the IPU and its Member Parliaments will mark the International Day of Parliamentarism with a number of events focusing on youth empowerment following the recent launch of the IPU campaign I Say Yes to Youth in Parliament! Although relatively untouched by the disease itself, young people have been severely affected by the COVID-19 […]

© MP Dr Issara Sereewatthanawut of Thailand, MP Sahar Albazar of Egypt, and MP Ms Teenah Jutton of Mauritius

“Fresh eyes are needed in parliament”: thoughts of young MPs on Parliamentarism Day

To celebrate the International Day of Parliamentarism on 30 June, IPU asked three young MPs three questions about parliamentary work. The three respondents have recently been elected  to the Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians, a group within the IPU dedicated to boosting the participation of young people in parliaments and helping to ensure young […]