Inter-Parliamentary Union
FounderFrédéric Passy,
William Randal Cremer
Legal statusInternational organization
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
180 Members
14 Associate Members
Tulia Ackson[1]
Martin Chungong[2]

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU; French: Union Interparlementaire, UIP) is an international 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 the Inter-Parliamentary Congress. Its founders were statesmen Frédéric Passy of France and William Randal Cremer of the United Kingdom, who sought to create the first permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations. Initially, IPU membership was reserved for individual parliamentarians, but has since transformed to include the legislatures of sovereign states. As of 2020, the national parliaments of 180 countries are members of the IPU, while 13 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members.[3][4]

The IPU facilitates the development of international law and institutions, strengthening the foundations and enhancing the vision for peace and the common good, 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. Consequently, eight individuals associated with the organization are Nobel Peace Prize laureates.


The organisation's initial objective was the arbitration of conflicts. The IPU played an important part in setting up the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Over time, its mission has evolved towards the promotion of democracy and inter-parliamentary dialogue. The IPU has worked for establishment of institutions at the inter-governmental level, including the United Nations, an organization with which it cooperates and with which it has permanent observer status.

The headquarters of the union have been moved several times since its inception. Locations:

Eight leading personalities of the IPU have received Nobel Peace Prizes:

Members and organization


Map of IPU member states

It is the duty of the Members of the IPU to submit the resolutions of the IPU within their respective Parliament, in the most appropriate form; to communicate them to the Government; to stimulate their implementation and to inform the IPU Secretariat, as often and fully as possible, particularly in its annual reports, as to the steps taken and the results obtained.

As it can be seen on the map, mostly all the countries in the world have a parliament member of IPU, with the notable exception of the United States, although the 12th (1904), the 23rd (1925) and the 42nd (1953) conferences were hosted in the US.

Associate Members

The participating parliamentary assemblies other than national parliaments are the following:[3]

Name Related organization
Andean Parliament CAN
Arab Parliament
Central American Parliament (PARLCEN) SICA
East African Legislative Assembly EAC
European Parliament EU
CIS Interparliamentary Assembly CIS
Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy
Inter-Parliamentary Committee of the West African Economic and Monetary Union UEMOA
Latin American Parliament PARLATINO
Pan-African Parliament AU
Parliament of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community CEMAC
Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS
Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie OIF
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe CoE
Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation BSEC


Headquarters of the IPU in Geneva (2010)

The organs of the Inter-Parliamentary Union are:

The Association of Secretaries General of Parliaments is a consultative body of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.


Art Nouveau plaque-medallion for the 15th Inter-Parliamentary Conference 1908 in Berlin

The Assembly is the IPU's main political body through which the IPU's Member Parliaments adopt parliamentary resolutions on global issues. It plays a pivotal role in addressing the issues which threaten peace, democracy and sustainable development, including through its four thematic standing committees. IPU Assemblies are held twice a year either in Geneva or hosted by Member Parliaments.

# Host City Host Country Year
147th Luanda  Angola 2023
146th Manama  Bahrain 2023
145th Kigali  Rwanda 2022
144th Nusa Dua  Indonesia 2022
143rd Madrid  Spain 2021
142nd Virtual Virtual 2021
141st Belgrade  Serbia 2019
140th Doha  Qatar 2019
139th Geneva   Switzerland 2018
138th Geneva   Switzerland 2018
137th St. Petersburg  Russia 2017
136th Dhaka  Bangladesh 2017
135th Geneva   Switzerland 2016
134th Lusaka  Zambia 2016
133rd Geneva   Switzerland 2015
132nd Hanoi  Vietnam 2015
131st Geneva   Switzerland [7] 2014
130th Geneva   Switzerland 2014
129th Geneva   Switzerland 2013
128th Quito  Ecuador 2013
127th Quebec City  Canada 2012
126th Kampala  Uganda 2012
125th Bern   Switzerland 2011
124th Panama city  Panama 2011
123rd Geneva   Switzerland 2010
122nd Bangkok  Thailand 2010
121st Geneva   Switzerland 2009
120th Addis Ababa  Ethiopia 2009
119th Geneva   Switzerland 2008
118th Cape Town  South Africa 2008
117th Geneva   Switzerland 2007
116th Nusa Dua, Bali  Indonesia 2007
115th Geneva   Switzerland 2006
114th Nairobi  Kenya 2006
113th Geneva   Switzerland 2005
112th Manila  Philippines 2005
111th Geneva   Switzerland 2004
110th Mexico  Mexico 2004
109th Geneva   Switzerland 2003
108th Santiago  Chile 2003
107th Marrakesh  Morocco 2002
106th Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso 2001
105th Havana  Cuba 2001
104th Jakarta  Indonesia 2000
103rd Amman  Jordan 2000
102nd Berlin  Germany 1999
101st Brussels  Belgium 1999
100th Moscow  Russia 1998
99th Windhoek  Namibia 1998
98th Cairo  Egypt 1997
97th Seoul  South Korea 1997
96th Beijing  China 1996
95th Istanbul  Turkey 1996
94th Bucharest  Romania 1995
93rd Madrid  Spain 1995
92nd Copenhagen  Denmark 1994
91st Paris  France 1994
90th Canberra  Australia 1993
89th New Delhi  India 1993
88th Stockholm  Sweden 1992
87th Yaoundé  Cameroon 1992
86th Santiago  Chile 1991
85th Pyongyang  North Korea 1991
84th Punta del Este  Uruguay 1990
83rd Nicosia  Cyprus 1990
82nd London  United Kingdom 1989
81st Budapest  Hungary 1989
80th Sofia  Bulgaria 1988
79th Guatemala City  Guatemala 1988
78th Bangkok  Thailand 1987
77th Managua  Nicaragua 1987
76th Buenos Aires  Argentina 1986
75th Mexico City  Mexico 1986
74th Ottawa  Canada 1985
73rd Lomé  Togo 1985
72nd Geneva   Switzerland 1984
71st Geneva   Switzerland 1984
70th Seoul  South Korea 1983
69th Rome  Italy 1982
68th Havana  Cuba 1981
67th Berlin  East Germany 1980
66th Caracas  Venezuela 1979
65th Bonn  Germany 1978
64th Sofia  Bulgaria 1977
63rd Madrid  Spain 1976
62nd London  United Kingdom 1975
61st Tokyo  Japan 1974
60th Rome  Italy 1972
59th Paris  France 1971
58th The Hague  Netherlands 1970
57th New Delhi  India 1969
56th Lima  Peru 1968
55th Tehran  Iran 1966
54th Ottawa  Canada 1965
53rd Copenhagen  Denmark 1964
52nd Belgrade  Yugoslavia 1963
51st Brasilia  Brazil 1962
50th Brussels  Belgium 1961
49th Tokyo  Japan 1960
48th Warsaw  Poland 1959
47th Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 1958
46th London  United Kingdom 1957
45th Bangkok  Thailand 1956
44th Helsinki  Finland 1955
43rd Vienna  Austria 1954
42nd Washington, D.C.  United States 1953
41st Bern   Switzerland 1952
40th Istanbul  Turkey 1951
39th Dublin  Ireland 1950
38th Stockholm  Sweden 1949
37th Rome  Italy 1948
36th Cairo  Egypt 1947
35th Oslo  Norway 1939
34th The Hague  Netherlands 1938
33rd Paris  France 1937
32nd Budapest  Hungary 1936
31st Brussels  Belgium 1935
30th Istanbul  Turkey 1934
29th Madrid  Spain 1933
28th Geneva   Switzerland 1932
27th Bucharest  Romania 1931
26th London  United Kingdom 1930
25th Berlin  Germany 1928
24th Paris  France 1927
23rd Washington, D.C.  United States 1925
Ottawa  Canada
22nd Bern   Switzerland 1924
21st Copenhagen  Denmark 1923
20th Vienna  Austria 1922
19th Stockholm  Sweden 1921
18th The Hague  Netherlands 1913
17th Geneva   Switzerland 1912
16th Brussels  Belgium 1910
15th Berlin  Germany 1908
14th London  United Kingdom 1906
13th Brussels  Belgium 1905
12th St. Louis  United States 1904
11th Vienna  Austria-Hungary 1903
10th Paris  France 1900
9th Christiania  Denmark 1899
8th Brussels  Belgium 1897
7th Budapest  Austria-Hungary 1896
6th Brussels  Belgium 1895
5th The Hague  Netherlands 1894
4th Bern   Switzerland 1892
3rd Rome  Italy 1891
2nd London  United Kingdom 1890
1st Paris  France 1889


President Years Country
August Beernaert 1909–1912  Belgium
Philip Stanhope 1912–1922  United Kingdom
Theodor Adelsward 1922–1928  Sweden
Fernand Bouisson 1928–1934  France
Henri Carton de Wiart 1934–1947  Belgium
William Wedgwood Benn 1947–1957  United Kingdom
Giuseppe Codacci-Pisanelli 1957–1962  Italy
Ranieri Mazzilli 1962–1967  Brazil
Abderrahman Abdennebi 1967–1968  Tunisia
André Chandernagor 1968–1973  France
Gurdial Singh Dhillon 1973–1976  India
Thomas Williams 1976–1979  United Kingdom
Rafael Caldera 1979–1982  Venezuela
Johannes Virolainen 1982–1983  Finland
Emile Cuvelier 1983  Belgium
Izz El Din El Sayed 1983–1985  Sudan
John Page 1985  United Kingdom
Hans Stercken 1985–1988  West Germany
Dauda Sow 1988–1991  Senegal
Michael Marshall 1991–1994  United Kingdom
Ahmed Fathi Sorour 1994–1997  Egypt
Miguel Angel Martinez 1997–1999  Spain
Najma Heptulla 1999–2002  India
Sergio Paes Verdugo 2002–2005  Chile
Pier Ferdinando Casini 2005–2008  Italy
Theo-Ben Gurirab 2008–2011  Namibia
Abdelwahad Radi 2011–2014  Morocco
Saber Hossain Chowdhury 2014–2017  Bangladesh
Gabriela Cuevas Barron 2017–2020  Mexico
Duarte Pacheco 2020–2023  Portugal
Tulia Ackson 2023–  Tanzania

Amendments to the Statutes

Any proposal to amend the Statutes shall be submitted in writing to the Secretariat of the Union at least three months before the meeting of the Assembly. The Secretariat will immediately communicate all such proposals to the Members of the Union. The consideration of such proposed amendments shall be automatically placed on the agenda of the Assembly.

Any sub-amendments shall be submitted in writing to the Secretariat of the Union at least six weeks before the meeting of the Assembly. The Secretariat will immediately communicate all such sub-amendments to the Members of the Union.

After hearing the opinion of the Governing Council, expressed through a simple majority vote, the Assembly shall decide on such proposals by a two-thirds majority vote.

The IPU and the United Nations

The IPU marked the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, in 1995, by holding a special session in the General Assembly Hall before the start of the session,[8] where they planned for closer cooperation with the United Nations. The General Assembly Resolution passed during that session requested the Secretary-General to put this into action.[9] An agreement was signed between the IPU and the Secretary-General on 24 July 1996 and subsequently ratified by a General Assembly Resolution, where the United Nations recognizes IPU as the world organization of parliaments.[10][11] Pursuant to this resolution, the Secretary-General submitted a report[12] which was noted with appreciation by the General Assembly, who requested further strengthening of cooperation and another report.[13] This report detailed the measures that had been taken, including opening a liaison office in New York, and cooperation on issues such land-mines and the promotion of representative democracy.[14] Following an entire morning of debate[15] the General Assembly passed a resolution which simply stated that it "looks forward to continued close cooperation".[16]

The following year (1999) the Secretary-General reported on an increased number of areas of cooperation,[17] the issue was debated for an entire afternoon[18] (interrupted by a minute of silence held for tribute to Vazgen Sargsyan, the Prime Minister of Armenia who had just at that time been killed by gunmen),[19] and passed a resolution requesting the IPU be allowed to address the Millennium General Assembly directly.[20]

Following another report,[21] and another half-day debate,[22] the General Assembly welcomed the IPU declaration entitled "The Parliamentary vision for international cooperation at the dawn of the third millennium" and called for the Secretary-General to explore new and further ways in which the relationship could be strengthened.[23]

On 19 November 2002 the IPU was granted observer status to the General Assembly.[24]

In the Resolution 59/19, Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the UN General Assembly takes note of the recommendations in regard to engaging parliamentarians more systematically in the work of the United Nations.[25]

The final declaration of the Second World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, hosted at United Nations headquarters, took place in September 2005, was entitled Bridging the democracy gap in international relations: A stronger role for parliament.[26]

In the Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, 61/6, Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, on 27 November 2006, it calls for the further development of the annual parliamentary hearing at the United Nations and other specialized parliamentary meetings in the context of major United Nations meetings as joint United Nations-Inter-Parliamentary Union events.[27]

Every year during the fall session of the General Assembly the IPU organises a Parliamentary Hearing.[28] A resolution on cooperation between the United Nations and the IPU allowed for circulation of official IPU documents in the General Assembly.

UN and the IPU cooperate closely in various fields, in particular peace and security, economic and social development, international law, human rights, and democracy and gender issues, but IPU has not obtained the status of UN General Assembly subsidiary organ.

Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament

The fourth world conference on UN 70th anniversary marked by Ban Ki-Moon as "UN70" was organised in September 2015 where Speakers of all IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) member parliaments and of non-member parliaments were invited from across the world. The theme was on peace, democracy, and development.[29]

United Nations reports, resolutions, and agreements

See also



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  2. ^ "Secretary General". Inter-Parliamentary Union. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Members". Inter-Parliamentary Union. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  4. ^ "Матвиенко избрана председателем ассамблеи Межпарламентского союза". ТАСС (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-10-17.
  5. ^ "Election of the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Secretary General". Inter-Parliamentary Union. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  7. ^ "Cameroon: Ipu Urges Members to Stem Indefensible Terrorism and to Protect Human Rights". - PR Newswire. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  8. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 50 Document 561. A/50/561 page 2. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  9. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 50 Resolution 15. A/RES/50/15 22 November 1995. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  10. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 51 Document 402. A/51/402 25 September 1995. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  11. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 51 Resolution 7. A/RES/51/7 7 November 1996. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  12. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 52 Document 456. A/52/456 13 October 1997. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  13. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 52 Resolution 7. A/RES/52/7 6 November 1997. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  14. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 53 Document 458. A/53/458 5 October 1998. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  15. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 53 Verbatim Report 46. A/53/PV.46 28 October 1998. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  16. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 53 Resolution 13. A/RES/53/13 Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  17. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 54 Document 379. A/54/379 21 September 1999. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  18. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 54 Verbatim Report 41. A/54/PV.41 27 October 1999. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  19. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 54 Verbotim Report 41. A/54/PV.41 page 20. The President 27 October 1999 at 15:00. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  20. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 54 Resolution 12. A/RES/54/12 18 November 1999. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  21. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 55 Document 409. A/55/409 18 October 2000. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  22. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 55 Verbatim Report 55. A/55/PV.55 8 November 2000. Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  23. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 55 Resolution 19. A/RES/55/19 Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  24. ^ United Nations General Assembly Session 57 Resolution 32. A/RES/57/32 Retrieved 2007-09-10.
  25. ^ a b Resolution adopted by the General Assembly, 17 December 2004
  26. ^ Bridging the democracy gap in international relations: A stronger role for parliaments UNO Second World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, New York, 7 to 9 September 2005
  27. ^ a b Resolution 61/6: Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, 27 November 2006, at IPU official website
  28. ^ Cooperation with the UN: hearings at IPU official website
  29. ^ "Press Releases". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
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  33. ^ Resolution 57/32. Observer status for the Inter-Parliamentary Union in the General Assembly 19 November 2002
  34. ^ Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union: Report of the Secretary-General—Summary at IPU official website, 3 September 2002
  35. ^ Cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union: Report of the Secretary-General Full item, 25 September 1996, at UNO official website. Accessed 24 February 2014