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What is Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)?

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU):

The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) addressed Members of Parliament at the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament.

  • IPU is an international organization of national parliaments.
  • It was established in 1889 in Paris.
  • It was founded by statesmen Frédéric Passy of France and William Randal Cremer of the United Kingdom.
  • It works with close co-operation with the United Nations (UN), regional parliamentary organizations, international intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations for the arbitration of conflict.
  • It is a unique platform for observing political opinions and trends around the world.


  • To promote parliamentary dialogue worldwide and works for peace and cooperation among the peoples.
  • To promote democratic governance, accountability, and cooperation among its members.

Slogan: For democracy. For everyone

Functions: Promoting parliamentary action by addressing international concerns in six main areas:

  • Representative democracy.
  • Peace and security.
  • Sustainable development.
  • Human rights and humanitarian law.
  • Women in politics.
  • Education, science, and culture.


  • 179 countries are members of the IPU.
  • 13 regional parliamentary assemblies are associate members.
  • India is a member.


  • Geneva, Switzerland.