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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament
The in-person segment of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament will be held in Vienna, Austria on 7-8 September. The conference will be preceded by the Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament on 6 September. Organized jointly by the IPU and the Austrian Parliament, in cooperation with the United Nations, the second part of the conference will be designed to ensure as much inclusivity as possible depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures will be put in place to allow engagement by those Speakers of Parliament who may not be able to attend due to travel restrictions. The first part of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament took place virtually on 19 and 20 August 2020. Speakers of Parliament who are interested will also be invited to stay on for a Summit on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism, to be convened jointly by the IPU and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on 9 September.