The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments.

What began in 1889 as a small group of parliamentarians, dedicated to promoting peace through parliamentary diplomacy and dialogue, has since grown into a truly global organization of national parliaments. Today, our membership inches ever closer to being universal, with 179 Member Parliaments ,13 Associate Members, and increasing numbers of parliamentarians from all over the world involved in our work.

Our slogan is “For democracy. For everyone.”

Our vision is “We want a world where every voice counts, where democracy and parliaments are at the service of the people for peace and development.”

Our mission is “The IPU is the global organization of national parliaments. We promote democratic governance, institutions and values, working with parliaments and parliamentarians to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people. We work for peace, democracy, human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and sustainable development through political dialogue, cooperation and parliamentary action.”

We are financed primarily by our Members out of public funds. Our headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. We also have offices in New York, United States of America and Vienna, Austria.

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Irreversible changing climate in alpine Switzerland: Can we adapt?
Learn about how climate change is affecting the Swiss Alps and examples of adaptation actions in this short video!
Responding to climate change in the mountains: Opportunities for parliamentarians to act – Issue Brief
Explore this issue brief which aims to help parliamentarians address climate change in mountains by providing them with an understanding of how climate effects create downstream repercussions, and by identifying...
Mountains, Parliaments, and the Global Goal on Adaptation: Preparing for COP28
Event: 20/11/2023 - 14:00 (UTC +02:00) - 15:30 (UTC +02:00)
Why are mountain areas important for adaptation and how can they be integrated in the negotiations at COP28? This International Mountain Day webinar will bring together parliamentarians and stakeholders to...