Parliamentarians directly called to take action on global issues by UN chief

Addressing parliament elected officials from around the world gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday for an annual hearing, UN chief António Guterres called for their support on legislation and financing of global solutions to global problems, such as climate change, uncoordinated migration and the dangers of some new technologies.

Parliaments can be pillars of democracy and defenders of human rights, says UN chief on International Day

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored the “pivotal role” played by parliaments and their importance to “advance the aspirations” of the citizens they represent.

Parliamentary forum opens in Russia; discussions to include UN cooperation

A committee to strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) will discuss its work at the annual IPU forum, which began today in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Women's participation rate in parliaments slows, even as more gain top seats – IPU

Despite an increase in the number of women Speakers of Parliament, the number of female parliamentarians across the world rose by only 0.5 percentage points in 2015, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) today reported, dashing hopes that gender parity in parliament could be achieved within a generation.

UN-affiliated forum reports uptick in rights violations of parliamentarians

Africa and Asia were the two most dangerous regions of the world in which to be a Member of Parliament (MP) in 2014, a United Nations-affiliated organization revealed today as it flagged the many perils facing those parliamentarians working for fundamental human rights and exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Parliaments still vital to quest for democracy, UN report finds

Despite the current low level of trust in parliaments, these bodies have never been more essential to the political life of a country, according to a joint report launched today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Political accountability central to democracy, peace and prosperity – UN officials

Top United Nations officials today stressed the importance of political accountability to promote democracy and ensure a more peaceful and prosperous world.

General Assembly President stresses role of parliaments in eradicating poverty

Parliaments have a crucial role to play in helping States achieve the global poverty reduction goals that the world has set out to attain in the next five years, the President of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, said today, urging national assemblies to ensure governments stay focused on their commitments.

Parliaments can play leading role in tackling today’s crises, Ban says

The world’s elected parliamentarians can play a leading role in tackling some of today’s global crises and challenges, including unconstitutional changes of government and threats to the rule of law, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today.

Top UN envoy to Somalia praises ‘open and transparent’ election of new President

After a long night of voting the newly expanded Somali parliament elected opposition leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed as the new president of the Horn of Africa nation, as the United Nations envoy to the country applauded the “open and transparent” nature of the voting.