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Interparliamentary Union

The Interparliamentary Union (IPU) is the international organization of Parliaments of sovereign States, established in 1889. The Union is the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue and works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.  To that end, it: Fosters contacts, co-ordination, and the exchange of experience among parliaments and parliamentarians of all countries; Considers questions of international interest and concern and expresses its views on such issues in order to bring about action by parliaments and parliamentarians; Contributes to the defence and promotion of human rights -- an essential factor of parliamentary democracy and development; and Contributes to better knowledge of the working of representative institutions and to the strengthening and development of their means of action. The IPU supports the efforts of the United Nations, whose objectives it shares, and works in close co-operation with it. It also co-operates with regional inter-parliamentary organizations, as well as with international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations which are motivated by the same ideals. Over a hundred-forty national parliaments are currently members of the IPU. Seven regional parliamentary assemblies are Associate Members. Most members are affiliated to one of the six geopolitical groups that are currently active in the IPU.

Findings of a Parliamentary Mission to New York
Geneva, June 2006
On 26 and 27 June 2006, a high-level delegation of parliamentarians from a representative group of countries went to the United Nations headquarters in New York for talks with Permanent Representatives of Member States and United Nations officials on the subject of United Nations reform.

The Role of Parliaments in Environmental Management and in Combating Global Degradation of the Environment
Nairobi, 12 May 2006
The 114th Inter Parliamentary Union’s Assembly was held from 7- 12 May in Nairobi, Kenya and adopted a resolution on the Role of Parliaments in Environmental Management and in Combating Global Degradation of the Environment.

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