The UK Gender Sensitive Parliament Audit, published today, finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament, but there are still too many barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
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Nearly 200 parliamentarians and climate experts have called for urgent and bold action to implement the Paris Agreement before it’s too late. At a parliamentary meeting on 9 December in Krakow, Poland, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP24, they set out their vision of the measures needed to limit global warming.
Members of Parliament called for stronger ties between parliaments and the WTO at a time when the rules-based multilateral trading system is in deepening crisis. At the annual session of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization (PCWTO), the IPU and the European Parliament called for WTO members to strengthen the parliamentary dimension of the WTO to ensure its democratic legitimacy.
Preceding the Intergovernmental Conference on Migration taking place in Marrakech from 10 to 11 December 2018, MPs met at a parliamentary conference in Rabat, organized by the IPU and the Moroccan Parliament, from 6 to 7 December. The parliamentary conference follows the Declaration on Strengthening the Global Regime for Migrants and Refugees adopted by MPs during the IPU’s 138th Assembly in March 2018.
By Gabriela Cuevas, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and Liliane Maury Pasquier, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)
The IPU and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) brought together close to 20 Parliaments, dozens of MPs, representatives of civil society, and the wider international community to the second session of the Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law on 22-23 November in Geneva. The second session focused on the role that parliaments play in promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
On the day of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s inauguration as President, the IPU welcomes the positive developments in the Maldives after years of political instability. The IPU has been actively involved in the peace-building process in Maldives, notably defending the rights of persecuted MPs including Ibrahim Mohamed Solih himself. Several of those MPs are now taking back their seats in the People’s Majlis, the Maldives Parliament, following Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s victory over President Abdulla Yameen in September’s election.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a blueprint for ensuring a better and sustainable future for everyone. Parliaments play a crucial role in driving that agenda and ensuring progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the global goals. The IPU, as the global convener of parliaments, has held almost 20 regional SDG seminars over the last few years, as well as several national ones. The next regional seminar in this series takes place in Jerusalem from 20 to 22 November 2018.
The IPU and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published today Good practices in nationality laws for the prevention and reduction of statelessness, a new handbook for policy makers and legislators. The handbook is designed to help parliaments to effectively prevent and reduce statelessness.
Small island developing states (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to climate change: rising sea levels and extreme weather threaten their very existence. Earlier this month, on 5-6 November, parliamentarians from 10 Caribbean countries, including many island states, met at a regional seminar in Suriname to discuss measures to combat climate change. Participants included the Speakers from Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.