International Day of Parliamentarism is an annual observed that is marked on June 30 around the world. This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2018 to recognise the pivotal role of parliaments in ensuring democracy, the rule of law, and the protection of human rights worldwide. The date also marks the anniversary of the founding of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the global organisation of national parliaments, which was established in 1889. In countries emerging from conflict or transitioning to democracy, the IPU plays an important role in building strong, democratic parliamentary institutions. Parliamentarians can represent their countries' interests, foster dialogue and cooperation with counterparts from other nations, and work towards building consensus on international issues. June 30, 2024 Special Days: Which Day Is Today? Know Holidays, Festivals, Events, Birthdays, Birth and Death Anniversaries Falling on Today's Calendar Date.

International Day of Parliamentarism History

The International Day of Parliamentarism is celebrated every year on June 30, the date in 1889 on which the IPU was founded. The Day was established in 2018 through a UNGA Resolution. Instituting an international day for parliaments is important for parliamentary democracy. If democracy is to thrive, then parliaments, as the cornerstone of functioning democracies, need to be strong, transparent, accountable and representative. The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/72/278, recognized the role of parliaments in national plans and strategies and in ensuring greater transparency and accountability at national and global levels.

International Day of Parliamentarism Significance

International Day of Parliamentarism is an important observance that serves as an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in parliamentary practices and the ongoing efforts to strengthen parliamentary institutions worldwide. On this day, various activities and events like seminars, and public awareness campaigns are organised to highlight the importance of parliamentary institutions and their contributions to democratic governance. The day focuses on the role of parliaments in addressing global challenges like climate change, peace and security.

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