The Inter-Parliamentary Union is an international organization serving to coordinate the activities of the parliaments of the world. The IPU was founded in 1889. IPU Secretary General — Martin Chungong. In accordance with the Statutes of the IPU, a member of the organization is a parliament of a sovereign state.
The Republic of Belarus has been a member of the IPU since 1995.
The governing bodies of the IPU are the IPU Assembly, the Governing Council and the Executive Committee of the IPU.
The main activities of the Organization are:
- implementation by the world parliaments the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development;
- preservation of security in the conditions of instability, including by early warning of conflicts through instruments of parliamentary democracy;
- promotion of democracy as a basis for sustainable development;
- strengthening the role of the world's parliaments in solving modern global challenges and threats.
The cooperation of the Republic of Belarus with the IPU is coming true through the participation of Belarusian parliamentarians in the main committees of the organization: the Standing committee on Peace and International Security, the Standing committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade, and the Standing committee on Democracy and Human Rights, and through the promotion of national initiatives. In particular, at the 138th session of the IPU in Geneva (March 24-28, 2018), the geopolitical group “Eurasia” supported the proposal of the Belarusian delegation devoted to the issue of technological safety to be considered by the Standing committee on Peace and International Security at the forthcoming sessions of the IPU in 2018-2019.