Standing Committees

Four Standing Committees assist the Statutory Assembly in its work. Each geopolitical group is represented in the bureau of these committees. Here are the representatives of the Twelve Plus:

Committee on Peace and International Security:

José Ignacio Echaniz
Mr. José Ignacio Echaniz, Spain President-End of Mandate: Mar 2020
Mr. Phillipe Dallier, France
End of Mandate: Oct 2021
Ms. A. Shkrum, Ukraine
End of Mandate: Oct 2020


Committee on Peace and International Security

Without peace and security, democracy cannot flourish. Our security, never to be taken for granted, is increasingly threatened by national and international crises.

The role of parliaments in building peace and preventing conflict is crucial. A democratic and representative political system not only helps prevent unrest, but is also key to restoring peace after conflict.

Our Committee on Peace and International Security, part of our overall commitment to the issue, provides our Member Parliaments the political framework for effective action on global threats. A key forum on the subject, it examines peace and security developments and helps identify and implement responses to these threats.

Its main objective is to promote peace and security in the world. Although its original remit was to focus on conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, changing times have meant readjusting its focus.

Terrorism, cyber security, nuclear proliferation as well as issues relating to governance that have given rise to regional conflicts whose impacts are being felt across the world, are just some of the more recent preoccupations of the Committee.

Like all our permanent committees, the Committee on Peace and International Security meets at our twice-yearly Assemblies. All Member parliaments are able to take an active role in putting forward items for the Committee agenda, bringing their perspective to the debates and the drafting of resolutions. Once a year, the Committee prepares a resolution for adoption by IPU Members.

The work of the Committee is guided by an 18-member Bureau with representatives from all geo-political groups. The Bureau helps to set the agenda for each session and proposes a work programme for the Committee.

Link: structure – assemblée – commission permanente de la paix et de la securité internationale


Commission on Sustainable Development:

Agnes Mulder
Ms. Agnes Mulder, Netherlands End of Mandate: Mar 2020
Mr. Fabrice Notari, Monaco
End of Mandate: May 2023
Ms. Marilou McPhedran, Canada
End of Mandate: May 2023


Committee on Sustainable Development

Across the world, many millions of people are still living below the poverty line. Many are dying because of lack of health care while others have little to no prospects for a better life because education is denied or job opportunities are scarce. The impact of climate change is further undermining human development and our future.

Parliaments have a responsibility to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development for every citizen they represent. For fair and inclusive economic growth that leaves no-one behind and which safeguards our planet, there has to be effective governance at all levels.

Our Committee on Sustainable Development works to improve the lives and well-being of the world’s citizens and the planet. It does this through the issues of fair trade, protection of the environment, financing for development and other questions that impact on the way our world evolves.

Once a year the Committee focuses on a specific issue related to its remit and proposes recommendations through a resolution that frames future parliamentary action at national and international levels. Water governance, reducing the risk to life and development from disasters, and finding innovative financing mechanisms for sustainable growth, are some of the recent issues the Committee has tackled for parliamentary follow up.

The Committee’s work is a key part of our commitment to sustainable development—which covers a broad area of our mission, including trade, effective aid, health and protecting our planet.

It is one of our four permanent committees, which meet at our twice-yearly Assemblies. All Member parliaments are able to take an active role in putting forward items for the Committee agenda, bringing their perspective to the debates and the drafting of resolutions.

The work of the Committee is guided by an 18-member Bureau with representatives from all geopolitical groups. The Bureau helps to set the agenda for each session and proposes a work programme for the Committee.

Link: structure – assemblée – commission permanente du developpement durable du financement et du commerce


Committee on Democracy and Human Rights:

Arda Gerkens
Vice-présidente, Ms Arda Gerkens, Netherlands End of Mandate: Mar 2020
Mr. Dag Larsson, Sweden
End of Mandate: May 2023
Mr. D. Marie, France End of Mandate: April 2021

Rapporteur to the 143rd Assembly

Ms. Arda Gerkens, Netherlands

Committee on Democracy and Human Rights

Across the world, people are fighting for democracy and their human rights which continue to be under threat in many ways, in many places.

In the face of such threats, our Committee on Democracy and Human Rights works to promote democracy and protect the human rights for all of society. Its work is part of our overall commitment to human rights and building democracy.

The Committee examines current and developing challenges to democracy and human rights. It proposes parliamentary action on these at both national and international level through the political resolutions it sets out once a year, and which are adopted by the entire IPU membership.

Ensuring the freedom of expression, privacy in the digital era and using social media as an effective tool to promote democracy, are some of the many challenges that have arisen through the use of new technology. The Committee has taken on these and other issues such as youth participation in political life, the protection of migrant children and the right to health for women, newborns and children. Its resolutions on many issues have often developed into extensive IPU programme work at global, regional and national levels.

It is one of our four permanent committees, which meet at our twice-yearly Assemblies. All Member Parliaments are able to take an active role in putting forward items for the Committee agenda, bringing their perspective to the debates and the drafting of resolutions.

The work of the Committee is guided by an 18-member Bureau with representatives from all geo-political groups. The Bureau helps to set the agenda for each session and proposes a work programme for the Committee.

Link: structure – assemblee – commission permanente de la democratie et des droits de lhomme


Committee on United Nations Affaires:

Laurent Wehrli
Mr. Laurent Wehrli, Switzerland End of Mandate: Mar 2020
Mr A. Gryffroy, Belgium End of Mandate: Oct 2021

Committee on United Nations Affairs

First established as an advisory group, the Committee on United Nations Affairs was formed in 2007 in an effort to connect parliaments with UN activities and goals. This had been preceded by the UN’s recognition of the importance of cooperation with national parliaments in its Millennium Declaration of 2000, followed by the IPU becoming a permanent observer to the UN in 2002.

A unique platform for MPs to engage with senior UN officials, the Committee helps to close the “democracy gap” between citizens’ voices and global decision-making. Its meetings ensure the voice of “we the people” is communicated to UN policy-makers.

The Committee also aims to find ways for parliaments—who play a vital part in implementing global commitments—to work better with the UN globally and nationally. MPs share ideas on mechanisms to monitor whether individual countries are honouring their international pledges.

The Committee is assisted by an 18-member bureau that monitors and reports on the involvement of parliaments in UN activities in areas concerning sustainable development, peacebuilding, UN budgets and reform, and human rights.

The bureau conducts investigations, including field missions, to assess aid effectiveness and cooperation between parliaments and the UN in peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts.

In 2013, the Committee formally became our fourth permanent committee. It underlined and acknowledged the importance of connecting the work of the world’s governments with that of the world’s legislators. The Committee’s operations are part of our overall work with the UN and on global governance.

The Committee meets at our twice-yearly Assemblies and is open to all our Members.

Link : structure – assemblee – commission permanente des affaires des nations unies