Centenary of the Interparliamentary Union:
The year 1989 is the centenary of the establishment of the Inter-parliamentary union which is the oldest international parliamentary organization. The number of its member-parliaments, called National groups, was 112 in August 1989. The house of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus has been participating in the Inter-parliamentary Union since 1978.
The main aims of the Inter-parliamentary Union, s they are stated in its statute, are: To unite the Representatives of all national parliaments in a common struggle, to strengthen and develop the democratic institutions and promote international peace and cooperation especially supporting the objectives of the United Nations.
To push its aims the Inter-parliamentary Union examines political, economic, social, cultural and other problems of international interest and adopts relevant resolutions. The member-Representatives' task is to brief their parliaments and governments on these resolutions and work for their implementation.
The Union's conferences take place twice a year in member-countries. Cyprus is going to host, for the first time the Inter-parliamentary conference in April 1990. Apart from its regular conferences, the Union organizes conferences on special subjects like disarmament, economic development, environment, etc. Particularly important are the conferences for European Cooperation and Security which takes place every three years with the participation of Representatives from countries which have signed the Helsinki Final Act.
Simultaneously with the regular conferences of the Union, conferences of the director's general of member-parliaments take place. The Inter-parliament Union has a permanent Secretariat with headquarters in Geneva.