January 2019



Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Post-Election Seminar in Grenada focuses on parliamentary democracy, Members’ skills development and gender equality   
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) helps to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure with a CPA Post-Election Seminar for the recently elected Members of the Parliament of Grenada, held in St George’s from 9 to 10 January 2019. The CPA Post-Election Seminar gave Members of the House of Representatives, as well as Members of the Senate of Grenada, an excellent opportunity to develop their skills and gain a better understanding of the parliamentary system and democratic processes in other Commonwealth jurisdictions, particularly from the CPA Caribbean Region.


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Parliamentary staff develop skills to meet the impact of the fourth industrial revolution at 3rd SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar in Namibia   
Namibia has hosted the 3rd Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Development Seminar for clerks and parliamentary staff from across the Africa Region from 2 to 4 July 2018 in Windhoek. The seminar focused on the development agenda of the SoCATT African Region which is aimed at improving the capacity of Parliaments to ensure the realisation of Africa’s development strategy, Agenda 2063.   

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Parliamentary staff develop skills to meet the impact of the fourth industrial revolution at 3rd SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar in Namibia   
Namibia has hosted the 3rd Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Development Seminar for clerks and parliamentary staff from across the Africa Region from 2 to 4 July 2018 in Windhoek. The seminar focused on the development agenda of the SoCATT African Region which is aimed at improving the capacity of Parliaments to ensure the realisation of Africa’s development strategy, Agenda 2063.   

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February 2019



Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in South East Asia Region renew their commitment to women’s rights at the Parliament of Malaysia   
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from the South East Asia Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have renewed their commitment to women’s rights at a conference on Women’s Political Leadership at the Parliament of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The #WomenWhoLead conference brought together over 100 political and civil society leaders and influencers from across the region and the wider Commonwealth to share inspiration and insights around the myths that prevent positive change for women’s rights. Leading voices from Malaysia attended the conference to discuss the barriers to women’s participation in politics.


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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from Fiji and New Zealand share valuable lessons through parliamentary exchanges   
A delegation of eight women Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji spent a useful week in New Zealand, learning and sharing knowledge with counterparts from the Parliament of New Zealand. The delegation from Fiji, including three Ministers, an Assistant Minister, and four MPs, were in New Zealand as part of an ongoing Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians programme of parliamentary capacity and relationship-building between women Parliamentarians in the CPA Pacific Region. The delegation enjoyed a busy schedule, engaging in a series of workshops and building connections with New Zealand Parliamentarians.


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Parliamentary staff develop skills to meet the impact of the fourth industrial revolution at 3rd SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar in Namibia   
Namibia has hosted the 3rd Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Development Seminar for clerks and parliamentary staff from across the Africa Region from 2 to 4 July 2018 in Windhoek. The seminar focused on the development agenda of the SoCATT African Region which is aimed at improving the capacity of Parliaments to ensure the realisation of Africa’s development strategy, Agenda 2063.   

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Parliamentary staff develop skills to meet the impact of the fourth industrial revolution at 3rd SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar in Namibia   
Namibia has hosted the 3rd Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Development Seminar for clerks and parliamentary staff from across the Africa Region from 2 to 4 July 2018 in Windhoek. The seminar focused on the development agenda of the SoCATT African Region which is aimed at improving the capacity of Parliaments to ensure the realisation of Africa’s development strategy, Agenda 2063.   

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March 2019



Parliament of Uganda and CPA Uganda Branch to host annual gathering of Commonwealth Parliamentarians at 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference 
One of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians will take place in September 2019 at the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the CPA Uganda Branch and the Parliament of Uganda. The annual flagship event will bring together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity. The CPC offers the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments. 


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New Zealand Speaker hosts CPA Pacific Region launch of updated CPA Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures   
Rt Hon. Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives and CPA New Zealand Branch President has led the CPA Pacific Region launch of the updated CPA Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures at a meeting held at the New Zealand Parliament. Speaker Trevor Mallard noted that the CPA Benchmarks are an important tool for Parliaments to continuously challenge themselves and identify areas for improvement. The CPA Recommended Benchmarks are a set of guidelines for good governance for Parliaments and Legislatures and these Benchmarks were revised to reflect the changed landscape in which democracies now operate. 


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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association promotes a ‘Connected Commonwealth’ on Commonwealth Day 2019 and vital role of youth in combatting climate change through political participation   
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has celebrated Commonwealth Day 2019 both in London at the CPA Headquarters Secretariat and across the CPA’s nine Regions and over 180 Branches. The 2019 Commonwealth Day theme focuses on ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ which offers opportunities for the people, Parliaments, governments and institutions of the Commonwealth to connect and work together at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill. Commonwealth Day 2019 also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the ‘modern’ Commonwealth which was established by the London Declaration on 26 April 1949. 


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International Women’s Day 2019: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlight gender equality and women’s representation in Parliaments   
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) today marked International Women’s Day 2019 by highlighting the importance of gender equality and the urgent need to increase women’s representation in Parliaments. International Women's Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, with the theme of International Women's Day 2019 calling for a more gender-balanced world - ‘Better the balance, better the world’. To mark International Women’s Day 2019, the CWP have published a video to launch its new CWP Alumni Initiative for former women Parliamentarians to deliver mentoring, coaching and advice to benefit sitting women Parliamentarians and to act as a resource for the CWP. 


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Interparliamentary relations in the Commonwealth will endure, despite Brexit’ says Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General at ‘Brexit’ seminar in Gibraltar   
The CPA Secretary-General has stressed that the CPA will continue to deliver on its mandate of promoting parliamentary democracy, strengthening the institution of Parliament and upskilling Parliamentarians in the Commonwealth, despite ‘Brexit’ in the United Kingdom. The CPA Secretary-General emphasised in a speech in Gibraltar that the CPA’s activities focus on, and are informed by, the Commonwealth’s commitments to its fundamental political values. The CPA Secretary-General was paying his first official visit to Gibraltar which included a tour of the Parliament of Gibraltar and meetings with Members of the CPA Gibraltar Branch. 


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Parliamentary staff develop skills to meet the impact of the fourth industrial revolution at 3rd SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar in Namibia   
Namibia has hosted the 3rd Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Development Seminar for clerks and parliamentary staff from across the Africa Region from 2 to 4 July 2018 in Windhoek. The seminar focused on the development agenda of the SoCATT African Region which is aimed at improving the capacity of Parliaments to ensure the realisation of Africa’s development strategy, Agenda 2063.   

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Parliamentary staff develop skills to meet the impact of the fourth industrial revolution at 3rd SoCATT Africa Region Development Seminar in Namibia   
Namibia has hosted the 3rd Society-of-Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) Africa Region Development Seminar for clerks and parliamentary staff from across the Africa Region from 2 to 4 July 2018 in Windhoek. The seminar focused on the development agenda of the SoCATT African Region which is aimed at improving the capacity of Parliaments to ensure the realisation of Africa’s development strategy, Agenda 2063.   

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