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Harness the power of youth for democracy, urges IPU

Countries everywhere need to harness the power of youth in formal politics for the sake of democracy, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Marking International Day of Democracy on 15th September, IPU is urging bold action and changes in mindset if disillusioned and alienated youth the world over are to be engaged in political decision-making. “It is a cliché to always link youth to the future. Young people not only have the power to define the future, but also decide on the present,” says IPU President Abdelwahad Radi. “However, they are largely absent from formal decision-making politics and this has to change.” [read more] [More on International Day of Democracy]

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Dorries Dlakude, MP, South Africa
"I want to be the voice of the people, to be their servant, to change their lives for the better and to make a difference to individual lives."
Georgios Konstantopoulos, MP, Greece
"I want to work for peace and equality in a world where politicians ensure that no one stays behind."
Takahito Miyazawa, MP, Japan
"I would like to develop my political ability in regulating international diversity."
Arifa Khalid Pervez, MP, Pakistan
"I want to change any negative attitudes and work for progress in the world with the best of intentions for all."
Abdulhadi Majali, MP, Jordan
"20 years ago I started my political plurality and established a party. So crowning this is to reach parliament."

Women parliamentary leaders urge action on violence against women

Women Speakers of Parliament from 16 countries have called for urgent action and commitment to ending violence against women and girls in conflict situations as they ended a two-day meeting in Geneva. In an unprecedented show of concern over recent developments, the women Speakers said they were appalled by the “vicious crimes being perpetrated against women and girls” in a Declaration issued at the 9th Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament organized by IPU. They highlighted their concern that most of the 273 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram earlier this year remain missing four months after their abduction. [read more]

IPU exhibit marks 125 years of action for stronger democracies

A major outdoor exhibit being launched in Geneva on 1st September is the latest in a year-long effort to celebrate IPU’s 125th anniversary. The exhibit will be on display along the Quai Wilson on Lake Geneva until 19th October and follows the conclusion of the 131st IPU Assembly. Entitled “Parliamentary action for peace and democracy”, the exhibit is composed of 50 panels that include a series of comic strips on parliaments and democracy by Franco-Swiss cartoonist Barrigue.  [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.