Theme: Trade and Sustainable Development

The theme of fighting corruption was designed to ensure a parliamentary contribution to the Political Declaration of the UNGA Special Session against corruption (UNGASS 2021), taking place in June. The Hearing was opened by IPU President, Duarte Pacheco, and the President of UNGA, Volkan Bozkir with a keynote address by the President of Transparency International, Delia Ferreira Rubio.

Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the UN: Parliamentarians focus on fighting corruption

On 17 and 18 February, the IPU and the United Nations brought together some 400 parliamentarians, as well as diplomats, representatives from civil society and experts for a virtual sitting of the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations. This year’s theme, Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects, was designed to […]

The hearing will be opened by IPU President Duarte Pacheco and H. E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the General Assembly.

Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the United Nations on Fighting Corruption

This year’s IPU-UN Annual Parliamentary Hearing, entitled Fighting corruption to restore trust in government and improve development prospects, is designed to ensure a parliamentary contribution to the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session against corruption (UNGASS 2021) which will be held from 17 to 18 February 2021. The hearing will be […]

On 11 February 2021, BGIPU convened a virtual bilateral meeting between UK and Belgian Parliamentarians, moderated by Damien Moore MP, Chair of the Belgium APPG.

Bilateral exchange with counterparts from Belgium reflects close & enduring ties

On 11 February 2021, BGIPU convened a virtual bilateral meeting between UK and Belgian Parliamentarians. The meeting was moderated by Damien Moore MP, Chair of the Belgium APPG. In attendance from the UK side was: Baroness Hooper, Chris Loder MP, the Duke of Wellington, Ian Paisley MP, Lord Balfe, Lord Kirkhope and Margaret Ferrier MP. […]

Chaired by the BGIPU Treasurer Alex Sobel MP, UK parliamentarians participated in a rich roundtable briefing with Central Asia Ambassadors

UK MPs/Peers have a wide-ranging roundtable discussion with Central Asia Ambassadors

Chaired by the BGIPU Treasurer Alex Sobel MP, UK parliamentarians participated in an informative virtual roundtable briefing with the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UK, HE Mr Erlan Idrissov, the Ambassador of the Krygyz Republic to the UK, HE Mr Edil Baisalov, the Ambassador of Mongolia to the UK, HE Mr Tulga Narkhuu and a […]

On 28 January, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Chilean Congress chaired by Chile APPG Vice-Chair and BGIPU Executive Committee Member, Baroness Hooper,

UK members discuss priorities including climate change with counterparts from Chile

On 28 January, BGIPU hosted a virtual bilateral meeting between members of the UK Parliament and the Chilean Congress. The meeting was chaired by Chile APPG Vice-Chair and BGIPU Executive Committee Member, Baroness Hooper, who was joined by Mark Menzies MP, Angus MacNeil MP, and Chris Matheson MP. The Chilean delegation included Senator Kenneth Pugh, […]

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IPU & parliamentary community call for fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination

The IPU and the parliamentary community call on governments to give fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination through support for COVAX, the only global mechanism to distribute vaccines equitably across the world. The positive news of the roll-out of safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines offers hope to the millions who have been affected by […]

BGIPU hosted a virtual Latin America Roundtable which provided a great opportunity for UK Parliamentarians to hear first-hand accounts of political, social and economic developments in the region.

Ambassadors to UK from Latin America provide updates to MPs & Peers

On 19th January BGIPU hosted a virtual Latin America Roundtable which was chaired by BGIPU Executive Committee Member and Chair of the APPG for Latin America, Mark Menzies MP. Members received briefings from HE Javier Esteban Figueroa; Ambassador of Argentina, HE Fred Arruda, Ambassador of Brazil; HE David Gallagher, Ambassador of Chile; HE Antonio José […]

IPU policy note on six ways MPs can support a green recovery from COVID-19

The unfolding tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic also offers parliaments a unique chance to address climate change while rebuilding and reimagining national economies. A new IPU policy note, Green approaches to COVID-19 recovery: Policy note for parliamentarians, published in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, provides practical guidance on how to seize this historic […]