The full advance programme of meetings being convened by the the Inter-Parliamentary Union can be accessed here and BGIPU will call for nominations of interested MPs/Peers to form UK delegations for such events through the All Party Whip Notice.

In addition, the BGIPU regularly hosts lectures and meetings within the Palace of Westminster on current topical issues in international affairs. Details of upcoming BGIPU events are listed below and members’ nominations for participating in delegations is sought through the All Party Notice circulated on the Parliament’s intranet weekly (accessible to parliamentary addressees only) by the Government Whips Office when Parliament is sitting.

As a parliamentary body, we can only reply to queries on how to participate in official BGIPU activities from MPs/Peers or parliamentary staff using internal parliamentary e-mail addresses.  More general enquiries about our work can be sent to

To help us welcome our visiting delegations it would be incredibly useful to know if Members and staff have any foreign languages (anything from beginner to fluent).   In addition please let us know if you would be keen to join a regular but very informal lunchtime foreign language conversation session. Members of team BGIPU do have language skills so would be happy to coordinate these sessions.  Bringing together Members and staff we could meet in the IPU room and divide into groups depending on level of fluency for a very non intimidating, relaxed and fun language practise! To kick this initiative off we plan to start with Spanish and to lure you in we will provide lunch!  Please contact Dominique Rees at to register any language skills or to sign up for our lunchtime language conversation sessions.

The IPU Committee on Middle East Questions is made up of 12 Members of Parliament from around the world with expertise in the Middle East. Its members are elected by the IPU Governing Council for four years. Israel and Palestine are ex-officio members of the Committee.


The 145th Assembly of the IPU will take place in Kigali, on 11-15 October. Whilst the overall theme of the general debate for the Assembly is still to be confirmed, the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights is expected to adopt a resolution on “Parliamentary impetus to local and regional development of countries with high levels of international migration and to stopping all forms, including state-sponsored, of human trafficking and human rights abuses”. The Standing Committee on Peace and International Security will hold a preparatory debate on the topic “Cyberattacks and cybercrimes: The new risks to global securitywhile the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development will hold a preparatory debate on the topic “Parliamentary efforts in achieving negative carbon balances of forests”.   The Standing Committee on United Nations Affairs and other IPU bodies will also convene for discussions on a wide range of issues and BGIPU will undertake a busy programme of bilateral meetings.  The UK delegation will be led by BGIPU Chair Harriett Baldwin MP and other delegation members have now been selected.  For more information please email Gabriella Liberotti-Harrison at