June 30, marks the annual celebration of the International Day of Parliamentarism, commemorating the founding of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in 1889. This special day, established by a United Nations General Assembly Resolution in 2018, serves as an opportunity to reflect on the progress made by parliaments worldwide in achieving predetermined goals.This year’s theme is ‘Parliaments for the Planet.’ The theme emphasises that climate action starts at home, urging parliaments and parliamentarians to, promote the reduction of carbon footprints, Adopt greener policies and Embrace a sustainable future.
The inaugural UN International Day of Parliamentarism was celebrated in 1899 upon the establishment of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Subsequently, the day was officially designated in 2018 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution.
The goals encompass various aspects, including self-assessment, promoting the participation of women and young MPs, embracing technological advancements, ensuring representativeness, and staying relevant in an ever-changing world.