The full advance programme of meetings being convened by the the Inter-Parliamentary Union can be accessed here. 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.
A number of planned BGIPU activities and IPU events have been unavoidably cancelled in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The UK Parliament had suspended overseas travel and restricted visitors to the Parliamentary Estate in other measures adopted in accordance with the advice of public health authorities. BGIPU is arranging “in-camera” virtual events for MPs & Peers only but is anticipates a return to some physical and hybrid format events after the UK summer parliamentary recess. We can only reply to queries on these activities from members or parliamentary staff using internal e-mail addresses:
Virtual Bilateral Meetings
BGIPU has been carrying out a very busy programme of virtual bilateral meetings with various parliaments. Spaces at these meetings are limited and largely reserved for Executive Committee members, however, if Members have a particular interest in further details of these please contact Dominique Rees at email@example.com.
Parliamentary Meeting at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)
COP26 is the foremost international conference on climate change. It brings together leaders from across the globe to advance climate action and to promote implementation of the Paris Agreement, the world’s major legally-binding international treaty on climate change. The IPU has long supported the engagement of parliaments in annual COP meetings through the organization of parliamentary meetings. COP26 provides a critical opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and to set concrete plans to reach the Paris Agreement targets, at a time when the climate crisis is more critical than ever.
The IPU is co-organizing a Pre-COP26 Parliamentary Meeting in Rome, Italy on 8-9 October 2021 with the Italian Parliament as part of a series of pre-COP26 events hosted by Italy, followed by the Parliamentary Meeting at COP26 in Glasgow, co-organized with the British Group of the IPU on 7 November 2021. The Parliamentary Meeting in Glasgow is open to all parliamentarians that plan to attend COP26.