Commonwealth Parliamentarians contribute to CHOGM 2018 and associated Commonwealth Forums in London, UK 

Commonwealth Parliamentarians participated in four associated Commonwealth Forums which took place ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom from 16 to 20 April 2018. Over 5,000 people from parliament, government, business and civil society came together to participate in the week-long CHOGM and the Forums under the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’, which was also the theme for Commonwealth Day on 12 March 2018. CHOGM is also addressing the four sub-themes of: a more sustainable future; a fairer future; a more secure future; and a more prosperous future.

The CPA Chairperson and CPA Treasurer reflect on CHOGM 2018 – please click here to view the video.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Chairperson, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP (Cameroon) took part in the CPA/CWP workshop session on ‘Women’s Political Participation at All Levels’ in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum and the CPA UK Branch, held at the 2018 Commonwealth Women’s Forum. The CPA Vice-President, Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda also spoke in a session on violence against women in elections. Please click here for news from the Commonwealth Women's Forum.

The Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta spoke about the importance of the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy at a workshop session at 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum. The CPA Small Branches Chairperson also highlighted the CPA’s role in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers and the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures. Please click here for news from the Commonwealth People's Forum.

The CPA Treasurer, Hon. Vicki Dunne, MLA (Australian Capital Territory) attended the two-day Commonwealth Round Table organised by the Commonwealth Initiative on Freedom of Religion and Belief held as part of the Commonwealth Summit. The roundtable event was held at Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt Hon. Justin Welby and was part-funded by the CPA Headquarters Secretariat.

The CPA Chairperson, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP (Cameroon) spoke at the launch event for a new women’s empowerment campaign ‘Change the Script’ held in the run-up to CHOGM 2018. The campaign, led by UK Parliamentarian, Baroness Uddin and the National Commission on Muslim Women, focusses on gender equality and empowerment. The launch event heard from the CPA Chairperson, the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan and the event host, HE Euripides Evriviades, the Cyprus High Commissioner to the UK.

The CPA Chairperson, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP (Cameroon) attended a pre-CHOGM dinner hosted by Dr Diana Owen, Director-General of the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) in London, UK. The event was also attended by the CPA Treasurer, Hon. Vicki Dunne (Australian Capital Territory); the CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta; Hon. Laura Tucker-Longsworth, Speaker of Parliament of Belize; the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan; and Sir David Brewer, Chairman of the Royal Overseas League.

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan hosted a pre-CHOGM reception at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in central London ahead of the main Commonwealth events. The reception was attended by the CPA Chairperson, CPA Treasurer, members of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Steering Committee and speakers at the CPA/CWP workshop including Rt Hon. Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister. 

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The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and associated Forums take place every two years in a different Commonwealth country.

Updated 26th April 2018.

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