July 2017



Focus on Parliament’s oversight of responses to national crises through Public Accounts Committees  


A global study group on Public Accounts Committees (PACs) and their oversight of responses to national crises organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has taken place in Victoria, Canada. The study group is working on recommendations for action and heard from global experts in the field. 



Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers from the CPA Africa Region end their conference pledging to accelerate the modernization and the integrity of Parliaments in the region    


The 16th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference for the CPA Africa Region took place from 21-29 July 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria and ended on a high note with the pledge to accelerate the modernization and affirming of the integrity of African Parliaments. The Speakers and Presiding Officers called for more vigilance in protecting the integrity, effectiveness and efficiency of the parliamentary process to serve the non-partisan interests of citizens of the members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. 





New CPA Teachers’ Resource Pack on the Commonwealth, Parliament and Democracy launched for Commonwealth Schools 


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched a new Teachers’ Resource Pack on the Commonwealth, Parliament and Democracy in collaboration with the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat. The resource has been designed for teachers across the Commonwealth and accompanies the Schools Online resources under ‘Commonwealth Class’, a dynamic and exciting online programme of activities, learning resources and events for schools. The CPA Teachers’ Resource Pack has been launched to provide teachers with materials to assist their students in learning and thinking critically about the Commonwealth, parliaments and democracy more broadly. 





Celebrating Regional Twinning between Parliaments at the 48th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia  


The New South Wales Parliament were delighted to host the 48th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference for the CPA Australia and Pacific Regions at Parliament House in Sydney, Australia from 2 to 7 July 2017. The conference provided a unique forum for the Presiding Officers and Clerks of eight Australian Parliaments, the Parliament of New Zealand and eight Pacific Island Parliaments to discuss their pivotal roles and experiences in the Parliamentary and Legislative institutions from the region and to celebrate their work together






New CPA Teachers’ Resource Pack on the Commonwealth, Parliament and Democracy launched for Commonwealth Schools 


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched a new Teachers’ Resource Pack on the Commonwealth, Parliament and Democracy in collaboration with the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat. The resource has been designed for teachers across the Commonwealth and accompanies the Schools Online resources under ‘Commonwealth Class’, a dynamic and exciting online programme of activities, learning resources and events for schools. The CPA Teachers’ Resource Pack has been launched to provide teachers with materials to assist their students in learning and thinking critically about the Commonwealth, parliaments and democracy more broadly. 




August 2017



Inaugural CPA conference addresses unique challenges for Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities   


The unique challenges faced every day by Parliamentarians with disabilities from across the Commonwealth were the focus of a gathering of Members of Parliament in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in partnership with the Nova Scotia House of Assembly held the first conference of its kind bringing together over 30 Commonwealth Parliamentarians with disabilities, carers and parliamentary officials from eight of the nine regions of the CPA from 31 August to 1 September 2017. 





18th Commonwealth Presiding Officers and Clerks Caribbean Regional Conference takes place in Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association welcomed delegates attending the 18th Biennial Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

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CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Lecture for the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region

The CPA Trinidad and Tobago Branch hosted the first CPA Commonwealth Parliamentary Lecture for the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region with a Lecture by Climate Change Expert Kishan Kumarsingh on the topic of "The Geo-Political response to Climate Change".

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CPA post-election seminar plays crucial role in embedding democracy in Cayman Islands and highlighting importance of equal gender representation in parliaments  


A two-day post-election seminar was held by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands for newly elected and returning Members to provide training and guidance to the Legislature in all aspects of good parliamentary practice. 








New CPA Teachers’ Resource Pack on the Commonwealth, Parliament and Democracy launched for Commonwealth Schools 


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched a new Teachers’ Resource Pack on the Commonwealth, Parliament and Democracy in collaboration with the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat. The resource has been designed for teachers across the Commonwealth and accompanies the Schools Online resources under ‘Commonwealth Class’, a dynamic and exciting online programme of activities, learning resources and events for schools. The CPA Teachers’ Resource Pack has been launched to provide teachers with materials to assist their students in learning and thinking critically about the Commonwealth, parliaments and democracy more broadly. 




September 2017




Focus on increasing young people’s political participation in Jersey at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow  
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has brought its youth engagement programme to Jersey for the second time with the CPA Roadshows for young people visiting two schools in the Channel Islands. The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan held engaging CPA Roadshow sessions at Jersey College for Girls and at Hautlieu School. 

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CPA Chairperson's Statement on the International Day of Democracy 2017

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed the declaration by instituting the International Day of Democracy on 15 September each year. Please click here to watch the goodwill message of the CPA Chairperson on the occasion of International Day of Democracy 2017. 




CPA Statement on Hurricane Irma and other recent events 
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson sends sympathy and support to the many CPA Branches affected by recent events. 

Please click here to read the CPA statement