Commonwealth Parliamentarians to focus on unity and collaboration at 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference  

Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth will gather in London, United Kingdom this week for the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is the annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

This unique conference brings together Speakers, Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff representing the nine regions of the CPA. The CPA reaches all 52 countries of the Commonwealth as well as over 180 national, sub-national and territorial Parliaments and Legislatures bringing together the CPA Branches of the Association.

The main conference theme for 2016 at the annual event is: A Collaborative Commonwealth: Unity, Diversity and Common Challenges. Workshops and debates will be held during the conference on a wide range of topics including the role of the Commonwealth in fostering freedom of religion or belief; ending violence against women and girls; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Climate Change; and the radicalisation of young people.

The 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will take place in London, United Kingdom, hosted the CPA Headquarters Secretariat. During the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there will be a number of additional conferences and meetings including: CPA General Assembly; 35th Small Branches Conference – including the Election of the Chairperson of the Small Branches; 4th Triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference – including the Election of the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians; Society of Clerks-at-the-Table (SOCATT) Meetings.

The Executive Committee of the CPA met ahead of the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in London, UK. The CPA Executive Committee represents the nine regions of the CPA - Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific; South East Asia. The Executive Committee is chaired by Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh.

The Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh said: “The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) provides a unique platform for inter-parliamentary dialogue to take place. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s membership not only comprises national parliaments of the Commonwealth, but also provincial and state legislatures as well as devolved Assemblies. The diverse nature of the membership provides the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association with a unique position within the parliamentary community to offer a comprehensive perspective on how to strengthen parliamentary democracy Commonwealth-wide and discuss new and innovative approaches on how to do so.

The 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is the most prominent event in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s calendar, as it offers a unique opportunity for the representatives of the Association’s 185 Member Parliaments and Legislatures to network with colleagues from other jurisdictions and discuss common issues of concern which affect Commonwealth Parliaments. The workshops for this year’s conference will discuss a wide range of topics such as the role for the Commonwealth in fostering freedom of religion or belief; ending violence against women and girls: the impact of social media and the internet in perpetrating violence; the role of Parliamentarians in implementing and monitoring policies relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals; and the role of the Commonwealth in supporting the outcomes of the COP21 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”

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Published on Tuesday 13th December 2016.

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Notes to Editors

62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, 11-17 December 2016, London, United Kingdom
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is the annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will take place from 11-17 December 2016 (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in London, United Kingdom, hosted the CPA Secretariat.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 105th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

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