Advancing the Parliamentary dimension of Britain’s foreign relations.
The British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) has responsibility for the UK Parliament’s engagement with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) founded in 1889 which is the world body of national Parliaments with its headquarters in Geneva. The IPU convenes twice-yearly Assemblies of its almost 170 member parliaments. The IPU also hosts, often in cooperation with the United Nations, a range of international parliamentary meetings on global issues (including on peace and security issues, economic and social development matters, international trade and human rights) which UK parliamentarians can participate in as BGIPU delegates.
BGIPU also arranges an extensive programme of bilateral inter-parliamentary exchanges, hosting inward delegations from other IPU member parliaments to the UK Parliament and organising outward delegations to counterpart parliaments overseas. These programs aim to advance international cooperation and encourage mutual understanding through bilateral exchanges. BGIPU also arranges foreign policy-based events and provides support to the activities of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) focused on building inter-parliamentary relations with counterparts in other countries. The BGIPU is funded jointly by the House of Commons and the House of Lords with the primary aim of advancing the parliamentary dimension of Britain’s foreign relations.
BGIPU is managed by an Executive Committee of backbench parliamentarians elected annually by its full membership with strategic policy and administrative support provided by a dedicated Secretariat located in Fielden House on the Parliamentary Estate. All members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords are automatically deemed to be BGIPU members with entitlement to participate in its activities.
BGIPU notifies members of its programme of activities, including opportunities to take part in BGIPU delegations, through the weekly circulated All Party Group Notice. Nominations are considered by a Selection Committee which determines the composition of BGIPU delegations, subject to approval by both Speakers. BGIPU reports the outcomes of its activities on its website, through a regular newsletter and publication of an Annual Report.
Follow this link to find out more about BGIPU’s recent activities: http://www.bgipu.org/our-work/
For further information, also see the website of the Inter-Parliamentary Union: www.ipu.org