October 2017




Public engagement on the agenda for Parliamentarians at 36th CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in New South Wales   

The CPA New South Wales Branch and the Parliament of New South Wales has hosted the 36th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Sydney, Australia. Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff attended the conference from CPA Branches across the two regions. At the conclusion of the conference, the first CPA Australia and Pacific Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forum took place which heard from a number of speakers on ‘hot topic’ of the region - ‘Deliberating climate change: the role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians’.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Africa Region focus on Agenda 2063 at the 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Regional Conference   

The CPA Imo State Branch and the House of Assembly of Imo State has hosted the 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Regional Conference from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. 

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Former CPA Secretary-General from Nova Scotia, Canada visits the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in London  

Hon. Arthur Donahoe, QC, former CPA Secretary-General (1993-2001) and former Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly in Canada visited the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in London where he met with CPA staff and discussed the CPA’s work in strengthening parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth. 

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New CPA Small Branches Strategy to focus on unique challenges facing the smallest Parliaments and Legislatures in the Commonwealth  

For the first time in its 106 year history, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will seek to meet the unique developmental needs of its smallest legislatures through a newly devised ‘CPA Small Branches Strategy’. The smallest of the CPA’s legislatures seek to meet the same expectations of service delivery as larger legislatures and in doing so, they recognise the importance of constantly innovating in the face of fiscal and human resource constraints; they recognise the central role of parliament in meeting the challenges of combatting corruption; and the threats in the face of climate change to some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable. 

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Increasing young people’s political participation is highlighted at the first Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow in CPA Canada Region
 
  
 


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has brought its youth engagement programme, the CPA Roadshow, to Canada for the first time at an event for university students in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa. The CPA Roadshows highlight the importance of encouraging youth engagement in the political process and the sharing of Commonwealth political values, especially with the 60% of the 2.4 billion population of the Commonwealth who are aged under 30. 

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14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar focuses on strengthening democracy and the role of Parliamentarians
  


Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the CPA membership have looked at the challenges and solutions to strengthening democracy at the 14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar held in Ottawa, Canada from 15 to 21 October 2017. The annual seminar, organised by the CPA Canada Federal Branch, saw the participation of over twenty-five delegates from eight of the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). 

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Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) attends 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA  

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh has attended the 2017 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. The meetings were also attended by the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Dr Noraini Ahmad, MP, Malaysia. 

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November 2017




Parliament of Australia re-joins Commonwealth Parliamentary Association membership at 63rd CPC 
It is announced that the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia will be rejoining the membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) from 1 January 2018. The 63rd CPA General Assembly, meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, approved the application from the Parliament of Australia to reconstitute the Commonwealth of Australia Branch of the CPA following their application to re-join the CPA.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians call for urgent action from the international community to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya community
The following statement was adopted by consensus by the Commonwealth Parliamentarians attending the 63rd General Assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday 7 November 2017.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson elected at the 63rd CPA General Assembly
H
on. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has been elected as the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) International Executive Committee at the 63rd CPA General Assembly. The new Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) International Executive Committee was elected for a three-year term at the General Assembly that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of the wider 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.  

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New CPA Executive Committee meet at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
The newly constituted Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association met at the conclusion of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh and elected the new Vice-Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee.  

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Significance of the Commonwealth in 21st century highlighted at first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture
Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh has highlighted the significant role that the Commonwealth has played in international affairs at the first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture which took place in the margins of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  

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Equal representation for women in Parliaments and gender empowerment focus for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network meeting at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh have focused on the equal representation for women in Parliaments and gender empowerment.  

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Youth participation on the agenda at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
A youth roundtable event was hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch and CPA Headquarters Secretariat at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference with discussions between Commonwealth Parliamentarians and young people from a range of youth groups in Bangladesh. The inaugural youth roundtable was chaired by the CPA President and Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh and the topic for the discussions was ‘The importance of participatory governance to peaceful, democratic societies’.

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Bangladesh Prime Minister urges Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold democratic principles at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina, MP, Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has urged Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold democratic principles as she opened the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Prime Minister said: “We, Parliamentarians, being the people’s representatives have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and Parliamentary institutions.”  

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians to focus on enhancing their skills to deliver on democracy at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh      
Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth have gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh this week for the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, under the conference theme of ‘Continuing to enhance high standards of performance of Parliamentarians’. The conference discussions will focus on the importance of development for Parliamentarians, and in turn, parliament’s performance as a guarantor of democracy and an independent pillar in the separation of powers.  

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Parliamentarians from CPA Small Branches focus on the unique challenges affecting small parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth at 36th annual conference   
With the increased logistical, financial and infrastructure demands facing small jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, Parliamentarians meet to examine the unique challenges they face. The 36th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches Conference has been held in Dhaka, Bangladesh with Members of Parliaments and Legislatures from CPA Small Branches attending the conference. The conference discussed a new CPA Small Branches Strategy which for the first time in the CPA’s 106 year history will seek to meet the unique developmental needs of its smallest legislatures through key thematic areas and development activities that will build parliamentary capacity for CPA Small Branches and create greater opportunities for the sharing of knowledge, parliamentary strengthening and cooperation across the network.  

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December 2017




Commonwealth Parliamentary Association partners with United Nations Environment Programme to provide cutting edge training on climate change for Commonwealth Parliamentarians 
Commonwealth Parliamentarians will benefit from a new partnership that will provide training and development programmes on climate change with leading global experts. The new partnership agreement between the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), with its network of over 180 parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the leading UN agency on climate change, will benefit legislators in large and small jurisdictions across the Commonwealth.  

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