Tribute to IPU Founder Sir William Randal Cremer MP
BGIPU staff visited Hampstead Cemetery on 29 September to pay tribute to the life and work of the UK parliamentarian who founded the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Sir William Randal Cremer MP at his memorial. His initiative with French counterpart, Frederic Passy, in 1889 created a global organisation now numbering 170 member parliaments spanning the globe.
The IPU still exists to continue Cremer’s life’s work to create mechanisms for resolving international disputes through arbitration, including facilitating inter-parliament dialogue to enhance global peace, promote democracy and end the scourge of war. The IPU is recognised by the United Nations as the world body of national parliaments with formal observer status in its cooperation with the UN and its agencies.
Cremer’s memorial in Hampstead Cemetery highlights some of his major achievements, including creation of the IPU, as part of his quest to end all war between nations through effective arbitration. BGIPU staff left flowers and messages of tribute and the BGIPU Director read a passage from Randal Cremer’s 1903 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.