InterParliamentary Union

In Brief

1889, Geneva

Why it is Notable

(1948, Switzerland).  World’s largest global environmental organization, with >1000 staff in 45 offices and >1200 member organizations.  Holds the IUCN World Conservation Congress every four years to approve programs on forests, ecosystem management, environmental law, marine and polar concerns, protected areas, and World Heritage.


(1889, Geneva;

“For democracy. For everyone.” The first permanent forum for political multilateral negotiations, and the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue. Major areas of interest: representative democracy, international peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and humanitarian law, women in politics, education, science, and culture. Publishes books and periodicals. 17 member Executive Committee (three year term). President: Abdelwahad Radi (until 2014).

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