Events

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 bgipu@parliament.uk


EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS ROUNDTABLE | IPU ROOM |24 MAY

BGIPU will host an in-person roundtable with London Ambassadors from Finland, Sweden, Lithuania and Greece on Tuesday 24 May 1630-1730, followed by drinks and networking. Members will hear updates from each of the Ambassador on the political, economic and social situation in each country, followed by a Q&A. Members wishing to participate are asked to contact Rhiannon Edwards at edwardsrl@parliament.uk

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME BRIEFING ON FOOD INSECURITY IN TIGRAY | IPU ROOM |25 MAY

BGIPU will host a WFP briefing on Tigray on Tuesday 24 May at 1500 – 1600. After 18 months of conflict in in the northern Ethiopian regions of Tigray, Afar, and Amhara, more than 9 million people have been left in urgent need of humanitarian food assistance, including 4.6 million people in Tigray. WFP’s Regional Director for East Africa, Michael Dunford, will provide details on the situation in the region and there will be an opportunity for Q&A. Members wishing to participate are asked to contact Lucy Nash at nashl@parliament.uk

GLOBAL PRIDE RECEPTION | IPU ROOM |14 JUNE

BGIPU will host a reception in partnership with Amnesty International and the APPG for LGBT+ Global Rights to celebrate 50 years of Pride, and to reflect on the work that still needs to be done globally on Tuesday 14 June at 1730 in the IPU Room. Confirmed speakers are Senthorun Raj, Board Chair of Amnesty International UK (others TBC). Members wishing to attend are asked to contact Rhiannon Edwards at edwardsrl@parliament.uk

DELEGATION FROM GERMANY | WEEK OF 27 JUNE

BGIPU plans to welcome a delegation from Germany on 28 and 29 June. Members wishing to express an early interest in this visit are asked to contact Holly Sloan at sloanh@parliament.uk

CALLING ALL MEMBERS AND STAFF WITH FOREIGN LANGUAGES – AND THOSE KEEN TO LEARN!
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 reesd@parliament.uk 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.

EIGHTH IPU GLOBAL CONFERENCE OF YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS | 15 AND 16 JUNE

BGIPU plans to send a delegation to the IPU’s Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on 15 and 16 June. The theme of the conference will be Young MPs for climate action. Members wishing to apply for this Conference are asked to contact Fiona Burnet at burnetf@parliament.uk

PARLIAMENTARY FORUM AT THE UN HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | TUESDAY 12 JULY
BGIPU plans to send a delegation to attend the Parliamentary Forum at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to be held in New York, on 12 July.  Members wishing to receive more information or express an early interest in this visit are asked to contact Gabriella Liberotti-Harrison at liberottig@parliament.uk

145th IPU ASSEMBLY, KIGALI, RWANDA| 11 – 15 OCTOBER 2022

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.  Members wishing to express an early interest are asked to email Gabriella Liberotti-Harrison at liberottig@parliament.uk