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IPU report reveals how ICT is changing parliaments

A new study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has found major steps forward in how the world’s parliaments are using information and communications technologies (ICT) to engage with citizens. The World e-Parliament Report 2016  says ICT can have a transformative effect in making parliaments more transparent and accessible, but warns that much more remains to be done and highlights that low-income countries are struggling to devote sufficient resources to the task. read more

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IPU sets out progress as Human Rights Council focuses on parliamentary role

The world’s parliaments and their members play a critical and growing role in ensuring citizens’ rights are upheld, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has told a UN Human Rights Council discussion on parliaments’ role in the Council’s work. Mr Chungong underscored the progress made since the Council started looking at the question of parliamentary engagement in 2013. Increasingly, he said, parliaments around the globe were taking notice of the Council’s work and wanted to ensure its recommendations led to real impact. Mr Chungong made a series of recommendations which would enable the Council to take the work of parliaments into account more systematically, and explained how parliaments could contribute to the Council’s work. read more

SG and UN Special Rapporteur in talks to end violence against women

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong has held talks with the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonović, on possible cooperation in supporting parliaments to safeguard the lives and well-being of women and girls. During the talks at IPU headquarters in Geneva, Dr Šimonović suggested there was a need to connect and harmonize various fragmented tools and standards around the world. She believed it was essential to plug gaps in the implementation of laws in some regions as well as to strengthen links between the role of her office and that of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). read more

The global organization of parliaments, IPU works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples.

Representative Democracy

A strong and efficient parliament is critical to democracy. IPU works to make parliaments more effective in fulfilling their government oversight and legislative roles, in guaranteeing people’s rights and liberties and in securing peace and development.

Women in Politics     

Democracy means all voices are heard. IPU is committed to ensuring that women - half of the world’s population - are able to participate equally in politics. Its unique research and data on women’s political participation is a widely used barometer on progress.

International Peace and Security

IPU’s primary goals are peace and democracy. It gives special priority to preventing and eliminating conflict through political dialogue. It responds to crises which affect world or regional security and monitors certain conflict situations.

Promoting Human Rights

Parliament has a special responsibility to ensure human rights are respected. IPU provides protection and redress to MPs at risk of abuse and helps parliaments to make human rights a reality for everyone.

Sustainable Development

Parliaments play a critical role in social and economic development. IPU supports parliaments on key international development goals, on making development aid more effective and on strengthening parliamentary action on climate change.

Cooperation with the UN

IPU works closely with the United Nations and other multi-lateral bodies to ensure there is a parliamentary dimension to international cooperation, global governance as well as in the resolution of major international issues.

Key Events

IPU brings together parliamentarians from around the world to actively find solutions to global and regional problems.

You can find a list of Future Events here.

VALPARAISO, 28-30 June 2016
World e-Parliament Conference

GENEVA, 27 September 2016
Parliamentary session within the framework of the annual WTO Public Forum

GENEVA, 23-27 October 2016
135th IPU Assembly and related meetings
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