The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is gathering information from Parliaments all around the world. This shows that parliamentarians are working together in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through its campaign Parliaments in a time of pandemic, the IPU is helping to facilitate inter-parliamentary coordination and solidarity by collating and sharing examples of how parliaments can continue to legislate, debate and scrutinise the actions of government in a time of lockdown and social distancing.
The IPU has produced resources to assist Parliaments, including:
- Measures parliaments are taking country by country, discover our compilation of parliamentary responses to the pandemic.
- How parliaments can continue to function during the crisis, with a practical Q and A on remote working tools and technology.
- Guidance on how parliaments can ensure that government interventions in the COVID-19 crisis take into account a gender dimension.
- Guidance on how parliaments can ensure that government interventions in the COVID-19 crisis are consonant with human rights.
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Likewise, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is connecting its network of national and sub-national legislatures. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat has conducted research and produced a forward-looking Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and delivering parliamentary democracy. This toolkit provides various measures and recommendations that can be adopted by both Parliaments and Parliamentarians in order to continue to deliver on the Legislatures’ role of scrutinising legislation and delivering democracy during a global pandemic
Asia Pacific Parliamentarians Forum on Global Health
Building on the success of its regional meeting in Fiji in 2019, the Asia Pacific Parliamentarians Forum on Global Health (APPFGH) held a webinar. APPFGH connected parliamentarians with experts from the World Health Organisation to provide technical advice.
New Zealand's Hon Michael Woodhouse MP participated in the webinar, which he discussed with Radio NZ's The House programme. You can hear his interview here.