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The IPU is the international organization of Parliaments (Article 1 of the Statutes of the Inter-Parliamentary Union). It was 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;
  • 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 and works in close co-operation with the United Nations, whose objectives it shares. The Union 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.

In October 2016, the IPU adopted its Strategy for 2017-2021 under the overall title "Better parliaments, stronger democracy".

The IPU is financed primarily by its members out of public funds. The site of the Union's Headquarters is Geneva (Switzerland).


For further information, send us your questions to the following address:
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5, chemin du Pommier
Case postale 330
CH-1218 Le Grand-Saconnex / Geneva
Telephone: +4122 919 41 50
Fax: +4122 919 41 60
E-mail: postbox@mail.ipu.org
To get in touch with the Office of the Permanent Observer of the IPU to the United Nations in New York, use the following contact information:
blankOffice of the Permanent Observer of the IPU to the United Nations
336 East 45th Street, Tenth Floor
New York, NY, 10017
United States of America
Telephone: +1212 557 58 80
Fax: +1212 557 39 54
E-mail: ny-office@mail.ipu.org