Theme: Trade and Sustainable Development

The General Debate will focus on the overall theme Parliamentary diplomacy: Building bridges for peace and understanding and provide a platform for delegates to deliberate, exchange views and galvanize parliamentary action in this area.

IPU commences preparations for its 148th Assembly to take place in Geneva 23-27 March

The 148th Assembly of the IPU will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23-27 March 2024. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing Council, Standing Committees, Committees on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and on Middle East Questions, as well as the Forum of Women Parliamentarians and the Forum of Young MPs, will meet on […]

Child paints a sign that reads 'Escazù now!' © Fotoholica Press Agency/Alamy

Escazú Agreement: Enhancing public participation on environment issues in Argentina

Latin America has a wealth of vital natural resources, but it also struggles with deforestation, rapid biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change. In an era of escalating environmental challenges, this puts it on the front line of the battle for our planet’s future. The conflict between public and private interest is a major part of […]

The AI workshops will also inform a forthcoming IPU resolution The impact of artificial intelligence on democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Parliaments and AI: IPU ensuring parliamentarians are going beyond the buzz

Huge strides in artificial intelligence (AI) have dominated the headlines these past few months. But beyond the buzz, what are the risks but also the opportunities when it comes to democracy, human rights and the rule of law? Will AI be the great disrupter of elections in 2024 with more than half the world’s population going to the polls? […]

Xiye Bastida, indigenous climate activist, addresses the IPU global parliamentary community at COP28. ©IPU/ Parliament of the United Arab Emirates

COP28: Parliaments take centre stage to accelerate climate action

Parliaments were in the spotlight on 6 December 2023 in Dubai at COP28, the UN Climate Change Conference, at a day of parliamentary meetings organized by the IPU and the Federal National Council (FNC), the Parliament of the United Arab Emirates. The meeting was attended by over 500 parliamentarians, including dozens of Speakers, from some 60 countries, […]

The event aims to create an inclusive platform for parliamentary dialogue, elevating parliamentary voices, and supporting urgent climate efforts both nationally and internationally, translating COP commitments into actionable realities.

IPU in cooperation with UAE’s FNC to host Parliamentary Meeting at COP28

The Parliamentary Meeting, scheduled in conjunction with the 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), is a collaborative effort between the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UAE’s Federal National Council. Taking place on December 6th, 2023, in Dubai, UAE, this gathering will convene global parliaments to facilitate […]

Market day in El Alto, Mt Huayna Potosi and Mt Chacaltaya, La Paz, Bolivia. ©James Brunker / Alamy Stock Photo

IPU is helping parliaments reach new heights in mountain adaptation

The IPU and Adaptation at Altitude, a programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, have published a new Issues Brief for parliamentarians: Responding to climate change in the mountains: Opportunities for parliamentarians to act. The Brief is designed to help parliamentarians identify policies and actions to adapt to the consequences of climate change in […]

The visiting delegation from France in front of the Elizabeth Tower which features Big Ben

French visit in collaboration with APPG highlights improvements in this vital relationship for UK

BGIPU, in collaboration with France APPG led by Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, welcomed a delegation from France for a day in Parliament on 15 November. The delegation consisted of six parliamentarians from the Franco-British friendship group: Alexandre Holroyd, President of the friendship group, David Amiel, Bertrand Bouyx, Céline Calvez, Mathilde Desjonquères and Estelle Youssouffa. […]