137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly
St. Petersburg has hosted the largest assembly in the history of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Upwards of 2,500 participants, 160 delegations (over half of which were headed by parliamentary speakers), and 400 journalists took part in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, which was held from 14 to 18 October 2017.
Russia guaranteed all foreign participants a smooth entry into the country, irrespective of their presence on Russian restricted lists drawn up in response to Western sanctions. An atmosphere was created in which parliamentarians could engage in productive dialogue at the assembly.
The next meeting will take place in 2018 in Geneva.