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 Notice. UK participation in IPU activities without formal 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS DEFENDERS AT RISK IN THEOCRATIC COUNTRIES: COURAGE IN ACTION I 22 MAY
The BGIPU, the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG) and the Prisoners of Conscience charity are hosting a meeting to examine the situation for women human rights defenders in Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia, and how the international community can help support them, on 22 May 1730-1900 followed by a networking reception in the IPU Room. Speakers include Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Defenders; Professor Javaid Rehman, UN Special Rapporteur for Iran; and, WHRDs from Afghanistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Members wishing to attend should contact Rhiannon Edwards at email@example.com
GENOCIDE PREVENTION SERIES: EVENT ON JUSTICE AND ACOUNTABILITY FOR THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE |24 MAY
BGIPU, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, and the Coalition for Genocide Response will be hosting a series of meetings on Genocide prevention, and the fifth one of 2023 will be on Justice and Accountability for the Crime of Genocide on 24 May 1730-1830 followed by refreshments in the IPU Room. The meeting will be chaired by Brendan O’Hara MP, and speakers include Yasmin Waljee- International Pro Bono, Hogan Lovells International LLP, with other Speakers TBC. Members wishing to attend should contact Rhiannon Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BGIPU DELEGATION FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA | 12 – 14 JUNE
BGIPU is hosting a delegation of parliamentarians from the Republic of Korea. Members who wish to express interest in meeting the delegation are asked to email Fiona Burnet at email@example.com.
PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE ON INTERFAITH DIALOGUE | 13-15 JUNE | MOROCCO
The IPU is hosting a Parliamentary Conference on “Interfaith Dialogue: Working together for our common future”, which will take place from 13 to 15 June 2023 in Marrakesh, Morocco. BGIPU will be sending a small cross-party delegation and any members wishing to find out more should contact Rhiannon Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org
9th GLOBAL CONFERENCE OF YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS, HANOI, VIETNAM | 14-18 SEPTEMBER 2023
BGIPU plans to send a delegation to the IPU’s Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians which will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, 14-18 September. The IPU considers young parliamentarians as under 45. The theme of the conference it to be announced. Members wishing to express early interest should contact Rhiannon Edwards at email@example.com.
147th IPU ASSEMBLY, LUANDA, ANGOLA | 23-27 OCTOBER 2023
The 147th Assembly of the IPU will take place in Luanda, 23-27 October 2023. Whilst the overall theme of the general debate for the Assembly is still to be confirmed, The Committee on Democracy and Human Rights will adopt a resolution on “Orphanage Trafficking” .The Standing Committee on Peace and Security will debate the topic “Addressing the social and humanitarian impact of autonomous weapon systems and artificial intelligence” the Committee for Sustainable Development will debate “Promoting access to affordable green energy, and ensuring innovation, responsibility and equity”. The Committee for 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 early interest should contact Rhiannon Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.