IPU pushes for increased access to investigate human rights violations of MPs

Dhaka, 5 April 2017
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) calls for fact-finding missions by the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians to the Philippines, Turkey and Venezuela and several other countries on the closing day of the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka.

Press Release: MPs respond to looming famine in Africa and Yemen

Dhaka, 4 April 2017

The global parliamentary community has called for urgent international action to save millions of people from famine and drought in parts of Africa and Yemen.

In an emergency item adopted today at the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Organization’s Members committed to pressuring their governments to fund humanitarian relief operations to avert this crisis.

World’s MPs to tackle rising economic, political and social inequalities

Taking decisive actions to end economic, political and social inequality will be the focus of deliberations for the more than 650 MPs from 132 countries meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1-5 April 2017. Click here for more news.

The IPU condemns the attacks on the UK Parliament

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) strongly condemns the attack on the Parliament of the United Kingdom on 22 March. We deplore the
senselessness of the violence and the extensive number of casualties. We also convey our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

In a letter to the Speakers of the UK House of Lords and House of Commons, IPU President Saber Chowdhury and Secretary General Martin Chungong have
expressed deep dismay at this gratuitous attack on a bastion of democracy and conveyed the solidarity of the global parliamentary community.

New IPU and UN Women Map shows women’s representation in politics stagnates

The number of women in executive government and in parliament worldwide has stagnated, with only marginal improvements since 2015, according to the data contained in the Women in Politics 2017 Map launched today by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women.

Press Release: Mentorship programme to empower Commonwealth young women

Young women across the Commonwealth are set to benefit from a new initiative to help them acquire critical life skills and to progress in their careers. The Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship Scheme will match aspiring young people with experienced professionals in their fields. For more news, read here.

Embrace Diversity, Strive to achieve Economic, Environmental Security and deliver Peace - Speaker Matibini Urges Youths

Rt. Hon Justice, Dr. Patrick Matibini, SC, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly and President of the CPA Zambia Branch has urged youths to embrace diversity in order to ensure peace for generations to come. He said this when the CPA Zambia Branch joined the rest of the Commonwealth to commemorate the Commonwealth Day under the theme “A Peace-building Commonwealth”, on Monday, 13th March, 2017 at Parliament Buildings. He also urged the youths to take advantage of available economic opportunities which will contribute to the growth of the economy.

Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen

In her message for Commonwealth Day, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reflects on this year’s theme of ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ and the onward journey of The Queen’s Baton Relay. Click here to read more.

Peace in the home initiative to empower domestic violence survivors

The Commonwealth on Wednesday, 8th March, 2017, launched a new initiative to help member states of the Commonwealth bring down rates of domestic violence. For more news, read here.