7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament takes place in Darwin, Australia with 50 Young Parliamentarians from 27 countries

The 7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament has taken place from 1 to 5 November 2015 in Australia, hosted by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia.

The 7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP7) brought together delegates from Australia, Canada, India, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom to experience parliamentary life in a real-life situation in the parliamentary chamber which included taking part in parliamentary procedures as party representatives or independents, debating legislation and motions, holding a committee of inquiry and facing the press in a media conference.

Focused on the theme - 'Deepening the Commonwealth’s Commitment to Democracy and Youth Development' - the 7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament saw the participation of over 50 young people from across the Commonwealth.

The first session of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament was opened by the Administrator of the Northern Territory of Australia, His Honour Hon. John Hardy OAM. The Young Parliamentarians were welcomed to the 7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Acting Secretary General and Director of Finance & Administration, Mr Joe Omorodion (click here for speech) and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, Hon. Kezia Purick MLA.

Speaker Purick said: "This is an exciting time for young people coming from all over the Commonwealth who will be using the parliamentary chamber for their debates and will have the privilege of CYP7 being opened by his Honour the Administrator of the Northern Territory. We will be showing the world what our parliament has to offer and the public galleries are open to anyone who would like to come and watch. We are very pleased to be welcoming the best from around the Commonwealth of Nations to take part in this event in Darwin and wish them well in their endeavours."

The Northern Territory was chosen as the host parliament for CYP7 which attracts young people aged 18 to 28 to be Youth Parliamentarians and welcomed a number of sitting members of Commonwealth Parliaments acting as mentors. Participants experienced life in the parliamentary spotlight and gained practical experience of the parliamentary system whilst learning how the next generation would approach parliamentary politics. Formal parliamentary practice adapted from several Commonwealth countries was followed and the proceedings were observed under the watchful eyes of experienced parliamentary officials. The agenda included debates, votes on Bills and government motions. 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament is due to be hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Canada in 2016. Please contact the CPA Secretariat if you are interested in participating.

For images of the 7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia please click here.
To see the video footage of young people and MP mentors speaking about the Commonwealth Youth Parliament please click here.

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