Theme: Political Empowerment

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IPU highlights examples of parliamentary public engagement around the world

As the international organization of parliaments, the IPU is committed to strengthening the relationship between the elected and the electors. The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and UNDP, focuses on improving that relationship through better engagement. Citing model case studies from around the world, the report presents a timely guide for parliamentarians […]

Bangladesh. Community members taking part in a parliamentary outreach visit to Sirajgaon. © Mosta Gausul Hoque

To engage citizens more, parliaments should embrace these four trends

The Global Parliamentary Report 2022, published jointly by the IPU and United Nations Development Programme, takes a detailed look at why public engagement matters and how parliaments across the world are engaging with their communities. The findings reveal major trends that should influence the way parliaments conduct public engagement. Within the arena of parliamentary engagement, four […]

Protestors rally against climate change during the COP26 Meeting in Glasgow in November 2021

Climate change took centre stage at the 144th Assembly of the IPU

Hosted by the Indonesian Parliament, the 144th Assembly of the IPU brought together some 110 national parliaments on the theme ‘Getting to zero: Mobilizing parliaments to act on climate change’. The Assembly concluded with the adoption of the Nusa Dua Declaration, in which the world’s parliamentarians recognized the urgent need to address the climate crisis. The Nusa Dua […]

UK members of the Governing Council Harriett Baldwin MP, Dan Carden MP & Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP at IPU144 listening to reports of the activities of the IPU President, Duarte Pacheco.

144th IPU Assembly mobilizes parliaments to act on climate emergency

Hosted by the Indonesian Parliament, the 144th IPU Assembly brought together some 110 national parliaments on the theme ‘Getting to zero: Mobilizing parliaments to act on climate change’. In one of the first major in-person events in the region since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPU and the Indonesian Parliament were able to convene hundreds […]

IPU Members will consider what parliamentary action needs to be taken to mitigate the effects of the climate emergency and to implement the Paris agreement.

144th IPU Assembly aims to intensify parliamentary action on the climate emergency

The 144th IPU Assembly will be held in Nusa Dua from 20 to 24 March 2022, hosted by the Parliament of Indonesia. Hundreds of parliamentarians from all over the world will meet in person on the theme of Getting to zero: Mobilizing parliaments to act on climate change. The climate emergency is affecting every region of the world and […]

Algeria’s parliamentary elections in 2021 led to a sharp decrease in the percentage of women MPs following a reform in the quota law. © Ryad Kramdi/AFP

IPU says “When quotas go wrong – and what to do about it?”

Quotas are critical in ensuring greater representation of women, according to the latest IPU Women in Parliament report. The numbers are clear. In 2021, countries with some form of gender quotas elected 31.9 per cent women on average to their lower/single house, while those without quotas elected 19.5 per cent women cumulatively. Among upper houses, 29.1 […]

Gender equality remains a key strategic objective of the IPU © Eyepix/NurPhoto via AFP

New IPU report: more women in parliament and more countries with gender parity

The global proportion of women parliamentarians has increased by 0.6 percentage points to reach 26.1 per cent according to the IPU’s latest Women in Parliament in 2021 report. This is in line with progress seen in the past two years. The increase can be largely attributed to the critical role played by well-designed quotas. In the 48 countries that […]