Inter-Parliamentary Union

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The 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, will be held from 1st to 4th November.

  • The agenda of the Virtual Session includes the election of the new President of IPU through remote electronic secret ballot.
  • Gabriela Cuevas Barron (MP, Mexico) had completed her term on 19th of this month.


About Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

  • The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments.
  • Its primary purpose is to promote democratic governance, accountability, and cooperation among its members; other initiatives include advancing gender parity among legislatures, empowering youth participation in politics, and sustainable development.
  • The organization was established in 1889.
  • As of 2020, the national parliaments of 179 countries are members of the IPU, while 13 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members.
  • The IPU has played a leading role in the development of international law and institutions, including the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the League of Nations, and the United Nations.
  • It also sponsors and takes part in international conferences and forums, and has permanent observer status at the United Nations General Assembly.


Objectives of IPU

  • Building strong democratic parliaments
  • Advancing gender equality and respect for women’s rights
  • Protecting and promoting human rights
  • Contributing to peace-building, conflict resolution and security
  • Promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue and cooperation
  • Promoting youth empowerment
  • Mobilizing parliaments around the global development agenda
  • Bridging the democracy gap in global governance
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