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’.

Eighteen Law Faculty students from Dhaka University and two of the young people who had attended the 8th CPA Commonwealth Youth Parliament in British Columbia, Canada - Mr Danish Ali Bhutto (Pakistan) and Ms Elise Delpiano (New South Wales) - exchanged views with Commonwealth Parliamentarians representing all nine CPA Regions. 

Following a lively session debating the democratic importance of parliaments engaging with young people to ensure that the views of the youth contributed to policy making decisions by governments, the workshop divided into two groups to agree a series of recommendations to be presented to conference delegates attending the 63rd CPC Workshop G - Giving voice to the youth: mechanisms for ensuring effective participation of youth in the governance process.            

Published Wednesday 15 November 2017
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Notes to Editors:

The 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, taking place from 1-8 November 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh is the annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and is hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch and the Parliament of Bangladesh. 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 106th year with HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. 

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
CPA Secretariat, Westminster House, 
Suite 700, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, 
United Kingdom 
T: 44-20-7799-1460 
F: 44-20-7222-6073 

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