October 2016



Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) promotes cross parliamentary cooperation while attending the 2016 IPU Assembly in Geneva

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has attended the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly together with Speakers and Members of Parliament from across the Commonwealth and beyond. The IPU Assembly’s key theme for 2016 was addressing the role of parliaments as early responders to human rights abuses and encouraging Parliamentarians to be at the forefront in raising the alarm and taking action when serious human rights challenges arise. 

Please click here to read the news story.




Caribbean Regional Network builds Parliamentarians’ knowledge of greater financial scrutiny

Parliamentarians from across the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region, who are engaged in scrutinising financial budgets and legislation through Public Accounts Committees, have participated in the 2016 meeting of the Caribbean Network of Public Accounts Committees (CarNPAC), hosted by the CPA Jamaica Branch and the Parliament of Jamaica from 24 to 25 October 2016. 

Please click here to read the news story.



CPA Statement on The Maldives 

Please click here to read the CPA statement on The Maldives.



Parliamentary strengthening partners hold study group on reviewing democratic benchmarks 

A joint study group of partners in parliamentary strengthening is by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to review the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)’s Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures in light of the aspirations set out in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Please click here to read the news story.




Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) attends 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has attended the 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA. While at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF at the World Bank Group Headquarters, the Secretary-General also held a number of bilateral meetings to discuss the work of the CPA and its future activities.

Please click here to read the news story.



November 2016



CPA launches new Regional ‘Hot Topics’ Forums with first event for CPA Asia Region in Pakistan

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) launches its CPA Regional Hot Topics Forums to provide an opportunity for the CPA Membership and the wider community to engage with experts on a particular topic which is of specific regional relevance. The first CPA Regional Hot Topics Forum was held in the CPA Asia Region on the subject of ‘Democracies in Transition and the challenges they face.’
 
Please click here to read the news story.




Renewed focus on global trade at CPA-WTO Workshop for Parliamentarians in the Caribbean Region

Parliamentarians from across the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region have come together for the Regional Trade Workshop convened by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from 22 to 24 November 2016 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Please click here to read the news story.





Newly elected Parliamentarians in Zambia at CPA Post Election Seminar as CPA Secretary-General highlights youth participation at CPA Roadshow

Newly elected Parliamentarians to the 12th National Assembly of Zambia have attended the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Post-Election Seminar, which has taken place in Lusaka, Zambia from 12 to 14 November 2016, hosted by the CPA Zambia Branch. The CPA Secretary-General addressed the seminar during a visit to the CPA Zambia Branch and also held a CPA Roadshow at a local university. Please click here to read the news story.




CPA Chairperson stresses the need to imbibe the youth of society with democratic values so that democracy can flourish at CPA Roadshow in Bangladesh  

The Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh has stressed the need to imbibe the youth of society with democratic values so that democracy can flourish and people can get benefit from the democratic system of government. The Chairperson was speaking as the chief guest at the CPA Roadshow on Parliamentary Democracy held at the Bangladesh Parliament for over 120 young people. Please click here to read the news story.



8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament opens in British Columbia, Canada with young people from across the Commonwealth  

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament has opened in British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. In a colourful opening ceremony in the Legislative Chamber at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, over 60 young participants representing CPA Branches in eight of the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific – came together for the start of a week long programme of events. 

Please click here to read the news story.




Pacific Regional Network focuses on parliament’s role in financial scrutiny  

Parliamentarians from across the Pacific Region, who are engaged in scrutinising financial budgets and legislation through Public Accounts Committees, have participated in the 2016 meeting of the Pacific Network of Public Accounts Committees (PaNPAC), hosted by the Parliament of Solomon Islands from 7-9 November 2016. The delegate countries attending the meeting include: Cook Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands. 

Please click here to read the news story.




CPA Secretary-General highlights youth participation in the Overseas Territories during visit to CPA Bermuda Branch  

The CPA Secretary-General Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Bermuda Branch of the CPA at the invitation of Hon. K. H. Randolph Horton, JP, MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Bermuda and also visited five schools and colleges in Bermuda as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of the Commonwealth schools and universities. 

Please click here to read the news story.




66 young people representing thirty nine CPA Branches across the Commonwealth to meet for 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in British Columbia, Canada  

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament will take place next week from 6 to 10 November 2016 in British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP8) will bring together sixty six participants representing thirty nine CPA Branches* in eight of the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific. Please click here to read the news story.




December 2016



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. 
 
Please click here to read the news story.




Increased Women’s Political Participation will benefit wider society says CPA Caribbean Regional Hot Topic Forum    

Delegates and participants at the CPA Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forum have heard from a number of speakers on the need for increased women’s political participation for the benefit of wider society as they discussed the ‘hot topic’ of the region - ‘Seeking to Increase Women’s Political Participation’
 
Please click here to read the news story.




Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians discuss new ways to tackle political violence against women at CWP triennial conference    

Women Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth have gathered in London, United Kingdom for the triennial conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), as part of the wider 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The theme of the fifth Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference was ‘Political Violence against Women’
 
Please click here to read the news story.


Newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson pledges to increased women’s political participation at 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference   

The newly elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Dato’ Noraini Ahmad MP (Malaysia) has pledged to renew the effort to increase women’s political participation across the Commonwealth. 
 
Please click here to read the news story.




CPA Chairperson urges Commonwealth Parliamentarians to focus on what unites them to find global solutions at opening of 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference   

The Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh urged Commonwealth Parliamentarians to work together to find common solutions to global issues as she opened the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in London, United Kingdom. 
 
Please click here to read the news story.



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). The Executive Committee of the CPA met ahead of the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in London, UK.
 
Please click here to read the news story.


Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Small Branches address the issues affecting small parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth  

The 35th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches Conference has been held in London, United Kingdom today with forty-seven Members of Parliaments and Legislatures from 26 CPA Small Branches attending the conference.
 
Please click here to read the news story.



Newly elected Chairperson of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Small Branches speaks of the pressing need of small legislations within the Commonwealth to come together to address common difficulties and strengths and share experiences of their parliaments 

The newly elected Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches, Hon. Anġlu Farrugia MP pledged that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) would have a strengthened and renewed focus on assisting Small Branches and their Parliaments and Legislatures.
 
Please click here to read the news story.





Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to launch new university accredited CPA Parliamentary Fundamentals Flagship Programme for Commonwealth Parliamentarians at 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The CPA is launching its pioneering flagship programme - the CPA Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure - at the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, taking place in London, United Kingdom from 11 to 17 December 2016. This will be the first course of its kind and through the new CPA Fundamentals programme, the CPA aims to assist Commonwealth Parliaments in building the capacity of their newly-elected and returning Parliamentarians.
 
Please click here to read the news story.