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 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 bgipu@parliament.uk


DELEGATION FROM CROATIA | 30 JANUARY-1 FEBRUARY 2023

BGIPU is hosting a delegation of parliamentarians from Croatia from 30 January to 1 February 2023. Members who wish to express interest in meeting the delegation are asked to email Rhiannon Edwards at edwardsrl@parliament.uk

BBC PERSIAN – REPORTING THE IRAN PROTESTS – 8 FEBRUARY | 1700

BGIPU and the BBC will host an event on Wednesday 8th February at 5pm on BBC Persian; Reporting Iran. BBC Persian has been sanctioned and accused of supporting terrorism by the Iranian authorities following coverage of the protests in Iran. Journalists have faced online threats from both regime sympathisers and opposition voices. The online abuse has spread to physical confrontation while covering protests in Canada, the US, Turkey and London. The panel will discuss the challenge of covering the story from outside the country; what actions can be taken to protect media freedom and journalist safety and what the UK Parliament can do to support. Members interested in attending are asked to contact Dominique Rees at reesd@parliament.uk

IPU PARLIAMENTARY HEARING AT THE UNITED NATIONS | 13-14 FEBRUARY 2023 | NEW YORK

The IPU Parliamentary Hearing will be held at UN Headquarters in New York on 13-14 February 2023 to provide a parliamentary contribution to the UN Water Conference.  Members wishing to apply for this delegation are kindly asked to email Rhiannon Edwards at edwardsrl@parliament.uk.

 

146th IPU ASSEMBLY, MANAMA, BAHRAIN | 11 – 15 MARCH 2023

The 146th Assembly of the IPU will take place in Manama, on 11-15 March 2023. Whilst the overall theme of the general debate for the Assembly is still to be confirmed, the Standing Committee on Peace and Security is expected to adopt a resolution on “Cyberattacks and cybercrimes: The new risks to global security” and the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development will adopt a resolution on “Parliamentary efforts in achieving negative carbon balances of forests”. The Committee on Democracy and Human Rights will hold a preparatory debate on “Orphanage Trafficking” in preparation for an adoption of the resolution at the 147th Assembly. 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 attend should contact Rhiannon Edwards at edwardsrl@parliament.uk.