10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in India inspires future young leaders from across the Commonwealth to take a stand 

The Commonwealth’s future leaders and Parliamentarians have been inspired at the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (#CYP10) to take a stand on issues such as climate change, the SDGs and urbanisation. Hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Delhi Legislative Assembly in Delhi, India from 24 to 28 November 2019, participants debated issues of concern as Youth Parliamentarians in the Assembly chambers.

The 47 delegates, aged between 18 and 29 years, came from thirteen countries, ranging from the largest democracy in the Commonwealth (India) to one of the smallest (Tonga), and from 33 CPA Branches* across nine CPA Regions. The four days of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament provided a key development opportunity for young people from the Commonwealth with ambitions of public office and introduced these potential young Parliamentarians to the fundamentals behind the processes of Parliament. Participants experienced Parliament in a real-life situation in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi’s chamber. The programme also included taking part in parliamentary procedures, debating legislation and motions in relation to the fictional ‘Commonwealthland’.


Youth delegate Talulah Thomas representing Wales summarized the event as follows: “Not only did I gain a deeper understanding of the parliamentary and legislative system, but I learnt about the diversity within global politics and how varied all of our systems and legislation are. Saying this, the most vital message that was clear to see is that no matter our backgrounds, culture and diversity - we came together to cooperate and work as a group of like-minded and passionate people who want to see change in our politics and societies. Bonds and connections were formed, which highlights how bringing young people from across the globe can make a huge impact on our development as people and how we view the world. I couldn’t be prouder of everyone who took part.”

Pragya Sagar from India said: “The past few days have been the most amazing days of my life and I am going to cherish this experience forever. It was so nice getting to meet, know and learn from all Youth Parliamentarians. All are amazingly kind, passionate and so driven.”

Jordan Hutcheson from The Bahamas said: “I am honoured to have been chosen to represent my country. I will forever be indebted to the CPA, for allowing me to be surrounded by the Commonwealth’s brightest, for allowing me to remember why I started this fight and why I must never stop! I plan on sharing the immense knowledge I gained here and creating a better infrastructure for my country’s National Youth Parliament.”

Mele Fonua from Tonga said: “I’m going to run for office with this knowledge someday, and I guarantee it will be crucial, so the programme is necessary. I want to apply this in the Tonga Youth Parliament and Girls Takeover Parliament and just be more aggressive in holding the government accountable.” 

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament gave participants a pan-Commonwealth experience and a hugely valuable networking opportunity with current young Members of Parliament from the Commonwealth who acted as mentors – Hon. Fasiha Hassan, MPL from the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in South Africa who also acted as the Speaker of the 10th CYP and Hon. Travis Robinson, MP from The Bahamas Parliament

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament opening ceremony saw welcome addresses by Shri Ram Niwas Goel, the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly; Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi; Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon; and the chief guest: Shri Om Birla, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Parliament of India.

The CPA Chairperson said: “I am delighted that we are able to hold the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament at the Delhi Legislative Assembly in Delhi, India, together with the CPA Delhi Branch and the CPA India Regional Secretariat. India has long recognised the importance of young people to the future of society. The decision to host the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament shows not only a commitment to empower its own young people, but also a wider commitment to the development of Commonwealth youth beyond its own shores. As an Association primarily for Parliamentarians, we recognise that young people have a proven capability to lead change and are a vital and valuable investment for now and the future.” To read the CPA Chairperson’s address to the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament please click here or visit www.cpahq.org/cpahq/chairspeeches.

Hon. Ram Niwas Goel, MLA, Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly, said: “To welcome and host such an enormous cavalcade of young people representing many nations from across the Commonwealth is a terrific honour. We will take this fantastic opportunity to aid the development of their leadership abilities, allow them to experience the inner workings of our democracy, as well as instilling an unwavering verve in them to affect positive change in their respective communities, with an enthusiastic approach throughout the course of the programme.” 

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament engenders an environment for youth Parliamentarians to develop their debating and interpersonal skills. The #CYP10 is designed to introduce young people to a professional sphere they potentially may occupy in the future and to foster international cooperation and good governance.

To view live proceedings of 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament visit https://www.facebook.com/dvsdelhi/.
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The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is one of the CPA’s most popular programmes bringing together participants aged 18-29 representing nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands & Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas & Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific; South-East Asia. 

*The full list of CPA Branches being represented at the 10th CYP were: Australian Capital Territory (Australia); New South Wales (Australia); South Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; British Columbia (Canada); Falkland Islands; Free State (South Africa); Gauteng (South Africa); Gibraltar; Haryana (India); Himachal Pradesh (India); India Union; Jersey; Kerala (India); Malawi; Malaysia; Mauritius; Montserrat; Namibia; New South Wales (Australia); New Zealand;  North-West Province (South Africa); Odisha (India); Rajasthan (India); South Australia; Sri Lanka; Tonga; Uganda; Uttar Pradesh (India); United Kingdom; Wales; West Bengal (India)

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Updated 2nd December 2019/CPAHQ.

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