The IPU welcomes its 179th member, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, bringing the IPU one step closer to universal membership. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines joined the IPU at its 140th Assembly in Doha, Qatar, represented by the Speaker of the Parliament, Mr Thomas Sanga.
News in brief
The IPU and UN Women held a joint parliamentary event at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) on 13 March 2019 in New York. Participants at the event discussed ways of making social protection programmes more gender responsive.
The President and the Secretary General of the IPU have been informed that Venezuelan MPs have been prevented from leaving the country to attend the 140th IPU Assembly in Doha, Qatar this week.
The IPU and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) have organized recently two workshops to help the parliaments of Zimbabwe and Burundi put in place the Paris Agreement on climate change. Over 300 MPs and parliamentary staff attended the workshops which took place in Harare, Zimbabwe, on 8 March and in Bujumbura, Burundi, on 22 March 2019.
The IPU welcomes the release of former MP Franck Diongo and MP Eugène Diomi Ndongala of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians has been lobbying intensely on their behalf since 2012 in the case of Mr. Ndongala and 2016 in the case of Mr. Diongo.
As part of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality, the National Assembly of Mali and the IPU organized a workshop on improving women’s representation in parliament from 27 to 28 February 2019 in Bamako. The workshop aimed to support the Parliament in monitoring the government’s commitments to gender equality; encourage more women to enter politics; work with political parties to encourage women to stand for political office by, for example, giving women access to financing; and raise awareness about the importance of women’s representation among parliamentarians, the media, and the general public.
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
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.
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.
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.