Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Union interparlementaire (UIP)
Unión Interparlamentaria
Interparlamentarische Union

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1889-06-30 Paris France


Proposal adopted Jun 1888. Founded on the initiative of French and British parliamentarians, with the aim of promoting international arbitration. Original title: Inter-Parliamentary Conference – Conférence interparlementaire. Headquarters: up to 1911, Bern (Switzerland); 1911 to 1914, Brussels (Belgium); 1914 to 1920, Oslo (Norway); since 1921, Geneva (Switzerland). Statutes adopted 1922, at Vienna conference and modified at subsequent conferences. Current statutes adopted 1976, revised Oct 1983, and amended Apr 2003, Oct 2013 and Mar 2016. Statutes and Rules made gender neutral at conference, 1996, Beijing (China).


Promote democratic governance, institutions and values, working with parliaments and parliamentarians to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people.


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Assembly; Governing Council; Executive Committee; Secretariat. Standing Committees reporting to Assembly (4): Peace and International Security; Sustainable Development; Democracy and Human Rights; United Nations Affairs. Groups under Governing Council (8): Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians; Committee on Middle East Questions; Group of Facilitators for Cyprus; Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law; Advisory Group on Health; High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism; Forum of Women Parliamentarians; Forum of Young Parliamentarians. Bodies under Executive Committee (2): Gender Partnership Group; Sub-Committee on Finance.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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