News from the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference #63CPC



Commonwealth Parliamentarians call for urgent action from the international community to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya community
The following statement was adopted by consensus by the Commonwealth Parliamentarians attending the 63rd General Assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday 7 November 2017.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson elected at the 63rd CPA General Assembly
H
on. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has been elected as the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) International Executive Committee at the 63rd CPA General Assembly. The new Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) International Executive Committee was elected for a three-year term at the General Assembly that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of the wider 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.  

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New CPA Executive Committee meet at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
The newly constituted Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association met at the conclusion of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh and elected the new Vice-Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee.  

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Significance of the Commonwealth in 21st century highlighted at first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture
Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh has highlighted the significant role that the Commonwealth has played in international affairs at the first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture which took place in the margins of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  

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Equal representation for women in Parliaments and gender empowerment focus for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network meeting at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh have focused on the equal representation for women in Parliaments and gender empowerment.  

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Youth participation on the agenda at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
A youth roundtable event was hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch and CPA Headquarters Secretariat at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference with discussions between Commonwealth Parliamentarians and young people from a range of youth groups in Bangladesh. The inaugural youth roundtable was chaired by the CPA President and Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh and the topic for the discussions was ‘The importance of participatory governance to peaceful, democratic societies’.

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Bangladesh Prime Minister urges Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold democratic principles at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh  
   

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina, MP, Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has urged Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold democratic principles as she opened the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Prime Minister said: “We, Parliamentarians, being the people’s representatives have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and Parliamentary institutions.” 
 
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Commonwealth Parliamentarians to focus on enhancing their skills to deliver on democracy at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh  
   
 

Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth have gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh this week for the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, under the conference theme of ‘Continuing to enhance high standards of performance of Parliamentarians’. The conference discussions will focus on the importance of development for Parliamentarians, and in turn, parliament’s performance as a guarantor of democracy and an independent pillar in the separation of powers. 
 
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Parliamentarians from CPA Small Branches focus on the unique challenges affecting small parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth at 36th annual conference 
   
 

With the increased logistical, financial and infrastructure demands facing small jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, Parliamentarians meet to examine the unique challenges they face. The 36th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches Conference has been held in Dhaka, Bangladesh with Members of Parliaments and Legislatures from CPA Small Branches attending the conference. The conference discussed a new CPA Small Branches Strategy which for the first time in the CPA’s 106 year history will seek to meet the unique developmental needs of its smallest legislatures through key thematic areas and development activities that will build parliamentary capacity for CPA Small Branches and create greater opportunities for the sharing of knowledge, parliamentary strengthening and cooperation across the network. 
 
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Bangladesh supplement to The Parliamentarian ahead of 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference    
Ahead of the one of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch and the Parliament of Bangladesh from 1 to 8 November 2017 (inclusive of arrival and departure dates) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, we are delighted to provide a supplementary publication to The Parliamentarian. The supplement features articles by Members of Parliament in Bangladesh and the United Kingdom that examine many different areas of the political and cultural life of Bangladesh. 
 
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