Events

The full advance programme of meetings being convened globally by 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 and regular all member e-mails.  UK participation in IPU activities without formal approval and selection by the BGIPU Executive Committee is not permitted.

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 also sought through the All Party Notice circulated 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 and Peers or parliamentary staff using internal parliamentary e-mail addresses.  More general enquiries about our work can be directed to bgipu@parliament.uk


ASIAN AMBASSADORS ROUNDTABLE | 23 APRIL 2024 | 17:00 IPU ROOM

BGIPU is hosting a roundtable with Ambassadors from Asia to discuss a range of issues across the region. We have confirmed attendance so far from the Ambassadors of Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. Members wishing to attend are asked to contact Joe Perry at joe.perry@parliament.uk.

BBC WS/BGIPU EVENT ON MEDIA FREEDOM IN IRAN | 24 APRIL 2024 | 17:30 IPU ROOM

BGIPU together with the BBC World Service, is hosting an event on media freedom in Iran in the context of recent reports that a number of BBC Persian journalists have been convicted of propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran and sentenced to a year in prison. Speakers include BBC Security Correspondent, Frank Gardner and Director of the UK Bureau of Reporters Without Borders, Fiona O’Brien. Members wishing to attend are asked to contact Henry Collison at collisonh@parliament.uk.

 EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS’ ROUNDTABLE ON MIGRATION | 14 MAY 2024 | 15:00 IPU ROOM

BGIPU is hosting a roundtable with Ambassadors from various European countries in order to discuss the issue of migration. We have confirmed attendance so far from the Ambassadors of Türkiye and Italy with more TBC. The meeting will be chaired by Rt Hon Dame Karen Bradley DBE MP. Members wishing to attend are asked to contact Henry Collison at collisonh@parliament.uk.

CENTRAL AMERICA AMBASSADORS ROUNDTABLE | 15 MAY 2024 | 15:00 IPU ROOM

BGIPU is hosting a roundtable with Ambassadors from Central America to discuss a range of issues across the region. We have confirmed attendance so far from the Ambassador of Guatemala with more TBC. Members wishing to attend are asked to contact Holly Sloan at sloanh@parliament.uk.

DELEGATION TO COLOMBIA | W/C 27 MAY 2024 TBC

BGIPU hopes to send a delegation to Colombia during the week commencing 27 May 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed). Members wishing to apply to join this delegation are asked to contact Holly Sloan at sloanh@parliament.uk before Thursday 18 April.

DELEGATION TO CÔTE D’IVOIRE | JUNE 2024 TBC

BGIPU hopes to send a delegation to Côte d’Ivoire in June 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed). Members interested in joining this delegation are asked to contact Mathilde Ollivo at ollivom@parliament.uk.

PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION FROM UKRAINE | JUNE 2024 TBC

BGIPU plans to host a delegation of Ukrainian Parliamentarians in June 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed). Members wishing to meet this delegation are asked to contact Joe Perry at joe.perry@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 – please contact Dominique Rees at reesd@parliament.uk to register any language skills.

For those who are keen to practice their language skills we also offer informal lunchtime foreign language conversation sessions.  We invite Members and staff to meet in the IPU room and divide into groups depending on level of fluency for a very non-intimidating, relaxed and fun language practice!

We are currently holding Spanish sessions. If you wish to join these, please contact Holly Sloan at sloanh@parliament.uk.

We are currently holding French sessions. If you wish to join these, please contact Mathilde Ollivo at ollivom@parliament.uk.

 

INFORMATION SEMINAR ON THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONING OF THE IPU | 28-31 MAY | GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

This year’s Information Seminar on the structure and functioning of the Inter‑Parliamentary Union will be conducted in French and held from 28 to 31 May 2024. The information seminar is for parliamentary staff who serve as IPU Group Secretaries or are responsible for the relationship with the IPU within their respective parliaments.