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Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

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ESTABLISHED: 1889. The Canadian Section was established August 2, 1960.

OBJECTIVES: IPU is the international organization of Parliaments of sovereign States. The IPU works for peace and cooperation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative institutions. To that end, it:

  • Fosters contacts, coordination, 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 the United Nations, whose objectives it shares, and with which it works in close cooperation. It also cooperates with regional interparliamentary organizations, as well as with international intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations that are motivated by the same ideals. The IPU meets twice a year, in the spring and fall, to study international problems of current concern. It also convenes symposia and special conferences.

STRUCTURE: Headquartered in Geneva, the IPU membership is composed of over 140 national parliaments having different ideological, economic and social systems. Five regional parliamentary assemblies are Associate members.

Constitution

Interviews Conducted for the Commemorative Booklet: “Celebrating a Century of Canada-IPU Collaboration”