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.

Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the UN

Date: 17-18 February 2020

Location: UN Headquarters, New York

Education as a key to peace and sustainable development: Toward the implementation of SDG 4

Education has long been recognized as a necessary precondition for sustainable development in all its dimensions – economic, social and environmental. Without an educated people there can be no democracy, no peace and no prosperity.  Documents

Yet still today too many girls and boys lack access to public education or education that delivers quality outcomes, and the agenda of lifelong education for all, including working-age adults, is far from realized. The poor, women and girls, migrants, people with disabilities and other marginalized groups have less access to educational opportunities than those who are better off. Around the world, education is often underfunded and unaffordable. While higher education is no longer a guarantee to a good job, in many countries there is a growing mismatch between workers’ knowledge and skills and actual employment opportunities in the real economy.

This joint IPU-UN hearing will call for greater political resolve to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goal on education, SDG 4, is fully realized by 2030. As a priority theme of the 74th General Assembly, education is an important part of a series of events at the United Nations that will include the observance of the International Day of Education on 24 January.  BGIPU will send a five member delegation to the Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the UN in New York on 17 and 18 February. For further information contact Rhiannon Edwards by e-mail – or ext. 3011.

Annual General Meeting

Date: 4-5.00pm 4 March 2020

Location: IPU Room, off Westminster Hall

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, to be chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, will be convened on Wednesday 4 March 2020 in the IPU Room, off Westminster Hall, from 4-5.00pm to adopt the Annual Report of the BGIPU 2019 and to finalise elections for a new Executive Committee for 2020.

Annual Parliamentary Meeting at the 64th Commission on the Status of Women

Date: March 2020

Location: UN Headquarters, New York

The BGIPU plans to send a delegation to attend the parliamentary meeting on the occasion of CSW in March 2020.   The meeting will last for 1 day but the delegation will be in New York for the week attending other fringe events around CSW.  Confirmation of the exact date will be advertised here in due course.  Members wishing to express an early interest are asked to contact Fiona Burnet on or on x5857.

7th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians

Date: May 2020

Location: Tblisi, Georgia

BGIPU will send a delegation of young parliamentarians (under 45) to Tblisi in Georgia in May to engage with parliamentary colleagues from across the globe.   Members wishing to express an early interest are asked to contact Fiona Burnet on or on x3011.