Commonwealth’s enduring political values bring challenges and opportunities for Commonwealth Parliamentarians says former Lord Speaker as the inaugural speaker for new Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture Series 

Former Lord Speaker of the UK Parliament’s House of Lords, Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza CMG PC has spoken of the Commonwealth’s enduring political values that bring challenges and opportunities for Commonwealth Parliamentarians as she launched the new Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture Series.

As the inaugural speaker in the new Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture Series, Baroness D’Souza commented: “How should we characterise the world we currently live in? We have conflict, despair, inaction, short-termism, globalisation, growing disparity between the rich and the destitute. I hope that you will agree that there has never been a time when the diversity and unity that the Commonwealth represents has been more needed.”

To view video highlights of the inaugural Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture please below. The full session will also be available on the CPA Secretariat You Tube channel.

The Commonwealth occupies a special place in the world and stands for the enduring Commonwealth political values, which are universal and timeless. These include democracy, human rights, the separation of powers, good governance and the rule of law, as stated in the Commonwealth Charter. Therefore, the theme for the new Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture Series is ‘The Promotion and Implementation of the Commonwealth’s enduring political values - Challenges and Opportunities’.

The inaugural Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture was held in the margins of the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, one of largest gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians in London, United Kingdom from 11-17 December 2016.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture Series will offer Members a unique opportunity to hear from distinguished Parliamentarians, such as Baroness D’Souza, who have made an outstanding contribution to their nation’s democracy and to the institution of Parliament and all that it represents. Individually, these Members have devoted their careers to public service and have set the bar of outstanding parliamentary leadership. Collectively, this series of lectures will contribute not only to the CPA’s continuing dialogue within its membership, but also to reach out beyond to other stakeholders such as members of the international community, the diplomatic corps, civil society and the wider public.

During 2017, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture Series will take place across the CPA Regions and Branches with lectures due to be delivered in Africa, Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. Each of these lectures will be delivered by an eminent Parliamentarian in the margins of CPA Regional Conferences or governance meetings.

The lectures will offer unique opportunities for Members and guests to engage with Commonwealth Parliamentarians from both within the Commonwealth Parliamentary community and from further afield. For Members who are unable to attend in person, the lectures will be recorded and made available on the CPA website to encourage the further sharing of knowledge, understanding and best practice.

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Published on Thursday 22 December 2016.


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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