News in brief

8 March 2019

Joint Statement by the IPU and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

International Women’s Day
40th Anniversary of CEDAW

27 February 2019

Parliamentarians from 16 countries in the Middle East and North Africa are meeting in Egypt this week at a high-level regional conference to discuss the role of parliaments in combatting terrorism and violent extremism. The high-level regional conference will focus particularly on the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.

25 February 2019

As part of its work to help parliaments strengthen themselves, the IPU facilitated a six-day self-assessment with the National Assembly of Zambia. The exercise, which took place in Lusaka from 20 to 25 February 2019, used two of the IPU’s toolkits: Evaluating parliament: A self-assessment toolkit for parliaments to rate performance, and a new toolkit to assess the Parliament’s oversight performance. Two of the six days were dedicated to training parliamentary staff to be facilitators.

12 February 2019

On 21 and 22 February, the IPU and the United Nations, represented by the President of the General Assembly, will bring together more than 200 parliamentarians from over 60 countries, as well as ambassadors, representatives from UN organizations, and experts for their annual parliamentary hearing in New York. The hearing will focus on the emerging challenges to multilateralism.  

31 January 2019

On 24–25 January 2019, the IPU helped co-organize the Arab Regional Parliamentary Forum on the 2030 Agenda with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Islamic Development Bank Group. Sustainable development was also on the agenda at the Ninth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi from 11 to 13 January. IPU President Gabriela Cuevas took part in a panel on Gender in Energy Transformation.

26 January 2019

The IPU expresses its grave concern about the escalating crisis in Venezuela. It reminds the authorities of their duty to guarantee the basic human rights of the people, including those of peaceful demonstration.

21 January 2019

The IPU is concerned by the prosecution of Mr. Jacques Ehouo and the detention of Mr.

17 January 2019

As part of the IPU’s technical support to parliaments, a group of experts from the IPU was in N’Djamena in December 2018 to help strengthen the parliament as well as guide MPs on crafting better legislation, particularly around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IPU provided the support following a request from the National Assembly, in anticipation of parliamentary elections announced for May.

7 January 2019

“When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the great French theorists of democracy of the 19th century. As the IPU enters its 130th year, the spirit of our founding members is still very much alive at a time when parliamentary democracy is threatened in many parts of the world. This year, we look forward to celebrating our anniversary with you, by looking back at our rich history, in order to guide and illuminate us for the future.

20 December 2018

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.