IPU gravely concerned over Burundi crisis

Geneva, 17 December 2015

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is gravely concerned about the worsening
violence in Burundi, which has left hundreds of people dead and has forced
hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

IPU is urging the authorities to do their duty to protect human life and
prevent further bloodshed.

IPU E.Bulletin No. 12

IPU welcomes historic climate change pact - The Inter-Parliamentary Union has hailed as a huge breakthrough the accord reached at the UN climate change summit (COP21/CMP11) in Paris. Read More.

Calls for Oman to release wrongfully jailed former MP

IPU¹s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians is calling for the immediate release of former Omani MP Talib Al-Mamari. It believes he has been wrongfully imprisoned since October 2013 on charges related to his involvement in a demonstration.

SADC Parliamentary Forum Election Observation Mission to the 2015 Seychelles Presidential Elections- Interim Statement

Following an invitation by the Electoral Commission of Seychelles, the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF), constituted an Election Observation Mission to observe the First Round 2015 Seychelles Presidential Elections which took place on 3, 4 and 5 December 2015. The Mission has been in Seychelles since 28 November 2015 and is composed of Members of Parliament from SADC Parliaments and officials from SADC PF Secretariat.


IPU and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up on climate change

Paris/Geneva, 5 December 2015

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and former Governor of California and Founding Chair of Regions of Climate Action (R20) Arnold Schwarzenegger have teamed up to mobilize parliamentary action on climate change to help deliver results.

In an agreement between IPU, R20 and the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy in Paris, the three partners have agreed to work on projects that will strengthen parliaments’ capacities and abilities to tackle the growing threat of climate change.

Commonwealth youth leaders seek empowered partnerships with governments

Youth leaders from across the Commonwealth today, 25 November, called for governments to prioritise youth employment opportunities, and to empower young people to partner and lead in processes of peace-building and climate change adaptation.
The appeal was issued by over 200 youth delegates on the final day of the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) which ended today, 25 November. The CYF is a gathering of official youth representatives from the 53 Commonwealth member countries, leaders of pan-Commonwealth youth networks, and other outstanding young Commonwealth citizens. 

MPs to galvanise parliamentary action on climate change

Geneva, 26 November 2015
More than  500 parliamentary delegates, including close to 300 MPs from across the world, will seek to galvanise parliamentary action on the global threat posed by climate change by implementing a potentially landmark global agreement after they meet in Paris next week.