International Day of Parliamentarism - 30 June

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International-Day-of-Parliamentarism---30-JuneJune 30 is recognized as the International Day of Parliamentarism, which commemorates the founding of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in 1889.

An overview of the news

  • This day holds significance as it provides an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the progress made by parliaments worldwide in achieving their predetermined goals.

  • This year's theme is 'Parliaments for the Planet', which urges parliaments around the world to lead by example in building a greener and more sustainable future.

Purpose of the day

  • The goals of the International Day of Parliamentarism encompass several key aspects, including self-assessment and evaluation of parliamentary performance.

  • Another focus is on promoting the participation of women and young Members of Parliament (MPs) to ensure diverse representation and inclusivity within parliamentary institutions.

Background of the day

  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2018 to establish the International Day of Parliamentarism, emphasizing the importance of parliamentary institutions in democratic governance.

  • The Inter-Parliamentary Union was founded in 1889, and the inaugural celebration of the UN International Day of Parliamentarism took place in 1899 to mark its establishment.

  • The day serves as a platform to reflect on the achievements and challenges faced by parliaments globally and to foster dialogue and cooperation among parliamentary bodies.

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