The IAPG serves established all-party parliamentary groups, in each country of Latin America and North America, as well as individual parliamentarians interested in working on our issues.
In the Caribbean, the IAPG hosts the Caribbean Network of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CNPPD) with members from 11 countries of the Caribbean Region, focusing on the priorities from this important sub region.
More recently, the IAPG will also host the Global Network of Parliamentarians on Universal Health Coverage, recently launched in Bellagio, Italy to spearhead parliamentary actions to promote UHC around the world.
Formed in 1982, the IAPG is the catalyst and core of the parliamentary movement in the Americas and the Caribbean, whose aim is to advance human rights based population and development policies and programs, including sexual and reproductive health and gender equality. Our network also includes Canada and the US, as countries that continue to strengthen their commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights for their own people and that have a special relationship to Latin America and the Caribbean as development partners.
The IAPG is a neutral parliamentary forum for the exchange of information and experiences and in order to stimulate an open dialogue focusing in areas such as universal health coverage, reproductive health and rights, family planning, gender-based, violence, HIV and AIDS, gender equity and equality, and women’s empowerment.
The IAPG’s main strategy is to promote the creation of working groups of parliamentarians in every country in the Americas, where each member commits to promoting and strengthening the sustainable development agenda in his or her country. At a global level, the IAPG promotes legislators’ participation in various High Level meetings, international conferences and relevant preparatory committees.
The IAPG Secretariat gives crucial support to the network. It coordinates, facilitates and provides the technical support to the parliamentarians through awareness raising and capacity building activities, providing a space for dialogue and the exchange of ideas and best practices.
Our parliamentary partners and groups represent all parties and affiliations, uniting parliamentarians to work on a common agenda across party lines. This in it of itself serves one of our main objectives, to create a dialogue among parliamentarians in a “safe space” for exchange of information and ideas.
IAPG convenes parliamentary dialogues, trainings, provides policy guidance and serves as a key resource for parliamentarians. IAPG endeavors to be a partner and provide parliamentarians with the tools they need to be effective in promoting and advancing the MDGs, the ICPD and Beijing agendas in the region.
IAPG mobilizes and supports visionary and committed parliamentarians in their efforts at the national, regional and international levels. IAPG generates and sustains action by parliamentarians and supports parliamentary networks and partnerships with other key actors needed to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality.
The IAPG has a Board of Directors of seven parliamentarians representing each sub-region of the Western Hemisphere, and a Council made up of representatives from each national parliamentary group in each country. Board members are elected democratically by the Council. The officers of the Council and Board are also elected by the parliamentarians, thus ensuring a transparent and democratic process. All members must be parliamentarians in office to be part of the IAPG.
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Parliamentarians from the Americas promoting social justice for all.
Partnership and collaboration with local and international NGOs has been crucial to advancing our issues. The IAPG works closely with NGOs, inter-governmental parliamentary bodies and different United Nations agencies to promote parliamentarians’ participation at the international level and to promote innovative strategies and common areas of work. One of our closest partners and allies has been UNFPA, dating back to our foundation in the 80s. We have also worked with other UN agencies such as UNDP, UNAIDS, UN Women.
Our sister networks have been key in supporting our issues around the world, Together with the IAPG we are part of a worldwide movement of parliamentarians that work in alliance to raise awareness about population and development issues with a particular focus on SRHR and a progressive sustainable development agenda with a human rights perspective.