According to the plan and dynamics of the activities of IRU, the first parliamentary session for 2018 will be held from May 25 to 27 in Pula, Croatia.

During the Parliamentary session, besides the participation of IRU delegates from over 20 countries, which according to the announcements in addition to the discussions regarding the situation of Roma in their countries, there will be discussions of the IRU's internal interest in several segments.

It is also important to note that on the agenda of this Parliamentary session of IRU, its participation as guests and participants will be attended by several governmental and institutional representatives from the Republic of Croatia, such as the Vice President of the Government of Croatia, Mr. Furio Radin, Alen Tahiri - Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities in the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Roma Subcommittee Veljko Kaitasi, Mayor of the City of Pula and other representatives from the Roma NGO and business sector.

The first World Romani Congress was organized in 1971 in Orpington near London, England, United Kingdom, funded in part by the World Council of Churches and the Government of India. It was attended by 23 representatives from nine nations (Czechoslovakia, Finland, Norway, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and Yugoslavia) and observers from Belgium, Canada, India and the United States. 

Five sub-commissions were created to examine social affairs, education, war crimes, language, and culture. 

At the congress, the green and blue flag from the 1933 conference of the General Association of the Gypsies of Romania, embellished with the red, sixteen-spoked chakra, was reaffirmed as the national emblem of the Roma people, and the song "Gelem, Gelem" was adopted as the Roma anthem.

Dear Roma and friends

Today, when we celebrate 47 years from the day of establishing the foundations of the identity of Roma on an international level, and at the same time the official declaration of the Roma flag and anthem, I feel the need to present my views and at the same time the views of our organization the IRU which is the initiator and the main a protagonist to mark this important day for the Roma nation around the world, where very often other Roma organizations, intellectuals, Romani political parties deliberately or ignorantly avoid the fact of the significant contribution of our organization, the International Romani Union -IRU.

The international Conference of the Roma Woman, IRU - Women's Lobby was held in Stockholm, Sweden on the 22nd of March this year. The conference was held in the Skandin Hotel in Tjobi.

The goal of the conference is to raise the Roma women's issue within the frames of the IRU and also on a wider level.

The following people had speeches: Rosita Gronfors, Ann-Margrethe Livh, Miranda Vuolasranta , Sissela Nordling Blanco, Angelina DimiterTaikon, Diana Nyman, Mia Taikon, Sunita Memetovic, Barvul Sonja, Kristinela, Domino Kai and etc.

The UN has announced that subject to confirmation next month, the Internatiomal Romani Union is to be re-enstated to membership of ECOSOC. This return to activity at the UN represents an important aspect of the Union's ongoing revival and expansion since the 10th World Roma Congress in 2016.

Within a few short years of its orginal elevation in 1979 the IRU lost its place on the rosta. The intention now is to create a representative team in New York able to press forward at every opportunity with issues relevant to our communities and the destiny of the Roma Nation.