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 actvities and IPU events have been unavoidably cancelled in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The UK Parliament has 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. We can only reply to queries on these activities from members or parliamentary staff using internal e-mail addresses:
VIRTUAL INTER-PARLIAMENTARY MEETINGS
Webinar on Compliance and implementation under the Paris Agreement
This is the first webinar in the Climate Legislation Webinar Series organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. This three-part series aims to build the capacity of parliamentarians and other key stakeholders in their response to climate change, and to promote knowledge-sharing on key topics in legislation and governance that arise in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Participants will benefit from expert legal opinions and findings to support domestic legislative and policy-making efforts in implementing the Paris Agreement.
This first webinar focuses on the sharing of best practices and current legislation to illustrate how Parties to the UNFCCC are creating law and governance structures to best implement the provisions of the Paris Agreement. The discussion will provide important insights into how domestic legislative and executive organs can coordinate to operationalise international legal obligations. The webinar will also cover key topics related to transparency and compliance, such as the Enhanced Transparency Framework under the Paris Agreement. As such, it is highly relevant to parliamentarians. This 60-minute webinar will be hosted on Zoom. This series is open to all parliamentarians and parliamentary staff, and is of particular relevance to legal staff. The other webinars will take place on 17 September 2020 (1–2 p.m. GMT) and 8 October 2020 (1–2 p.m. GMT). Participants are encouraged to join the whole series. To register, please click here.
IPU Governing Council | Virtual Conference | 1-4 November 2020
At its meeting on 26 June 2020, the IPU Executive Committee decided that, in light of the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual session of the Governing Council would be convened from 1 to 4 November 2020 to discuss and take decisions on pressing issues relating to the functioning of the organization – including the adoption of the IPU budget and programme of work for 2021 and the election of the IPU President.
VIRTUAL BILATERAL MEETINGS
BGIPU is also embarking on a busy programme of bilateral virtual 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.
BGIPU has circulated to MPs/Peers an Online Newsletter which provides an update on key IPU activities over the last month and BGIPU’s first ever virtual Executive Committee meeting.