September 2019



64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference takes place in Uganda 
One of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians took place from 22 to 29 September 2019 at the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the CPA Uganda Branch and the Parliament of Uganda. The conference was hosted by the CPA President Designate (2018-2019), Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda. The main conference theme was: ‘Adaption, engagement, and evolution of parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth’. The CPA flagship event brought together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity. The CPC offered the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments.

During the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there were also a number of additional conferences and meetings including: 37th CPA Small Branches Conference; 6th triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference; 64th CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; and the Society of Clerks at the Table (SOCATT) meetings. This year, the conference held elections for the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), the CPA Treasurer and the CPA Small Branches Chairperson for new three-year terms


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International Democracy Day 2019 calls for increased participation in democracy and tasks governments and parliaments with finding global solutions 
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) network is marking this special day and many of its 180 Branches in Parliaments and Legislatures across the Commonwealth are celebrating International Day of Democracy with different events and activities. This year's International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to recall that democracy is about people. Democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation — and it is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights


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Commonwealth Parliamentarians discuss how new technologies can facilitate democracy at 50th CPA Africa Regional Conference in Zanzibar 
Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across Africa have discussed the impact that new technologies and e-platforms can have on democracy and help to increase the better functioning of Parliaments at the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region Conference held in Zanzibar, Tanzania from 30 August to 5 September 2019. The CPA Africa Regional Conference was hosted by Hon. Zubeir Ali Maulid, Speaker of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and CPA Zanzibar Branch President, who welcomed Speakers, Deputy Speakers and Members of Parliament from 18 CPA Branches across the Africa continent


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August 2019



5th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Asia Regional Conference highlights Parliaments’ role in envisaging a diverse and developed South Asia 
The Pakistan Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the National Assembly of Pakistan have successfully hosted the 5th CPA Asia Regional Conference on the theme of ‘Envisioning Parliamentary Paths towards a Diverse and Developed South Asia’. The CPA Asia Regional Conference saw delegates from the CPA Pakistan Branch and from the Provincial Assemblies of Pakistan as well as from Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Uganda, Malaysia and the United Kingdom participate in the regional conference from 29 July to 2 August 2019 in Islamabad


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July 2019



Strengthening legislative practices and parliamentary procedures on the agenda at 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Canada Regional Conference in Nova Scotia 
Over 60 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the Canada Region have recommitted to increasing parliamentary strengthening at the 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Canada Regional Conference, which has taken place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 15 to 19 July 2019. Delegates were welcomed to the CPA Canada Regional Conference by Hon. Kevin Murphy, Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislature and CPA Nova Scotia Branch President


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Young people encouraged to play a positive role in democracy by Commonwealth Parliamentarians at CPA Roadshow in Trinidad and Tobago
While in Trinidad and Tobago for the 44th CPA Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic (CAA) Regional Conference, Commonwealth Parliamentarians and the CPA Secretary-General highlighted the positive role of youth engagement in democracy and Parliament at a CPA Roadshow for over 120 young people and representatives of youth organisations. The CPA Secretary-General spoke about the importance of youth engagement in the political process and the sharing of Commonwealth political values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter, especially with the 60% of the 2.4 billion population of the Commonwealth who are aged under 30


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44th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region discusses the impact of globalisation and nationalism on Commonwealth Parliaments
The Trinidad and Tobago Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has successfully hosted the 44th CPA Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region on the theme of ‘Globalisation and Nationalism: Quo Vadis – Impacts on Commonwealth Parliaments’. The CPA Regional Conference saw over 60 delegates from across the Caribbean participate in the week-long conference from 15 to 19 July 2019 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Canada Region meet in Nova Scotia    
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Canada Regional meetings have taken place from 12 to 15 July 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CWP Canada Regional Chair, Hon. Laura Ross, MLA (Saskatchewan) chaired the meetings which took place ahead of the 57th CPA Canada Regional Conference in Nova Scotia later the same week


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Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the CPA Pacific and Australia Regions focus on enhancing parliamentary effectiveness at 50th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference in Queensland    
Over 50 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the Pacific and Australia Regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have attended the 50th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference (POCC) at the Parliament of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia from 8 to 10 July 2019
.The annual conference is for Presiding Officers (Speakers) and Clerks from Parliaments from the CPA Pacific and CPA Australia Regions and is hosted by a different Parliament or Legislature each year with the Queensland Parliament taking up the honour in 2019. 

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12th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region takes place in Trinidad and Tobago on theme of ‘Women in Leadership’
Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the region have met for the 12th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region hosted by the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago on 13 and 14 July 2019 on the theme of 'Women in Leadership'. 


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CPA’s Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures highlighted as key tool in achieving SDG 16 at Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy panel event in New York   
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures have been highlighted as an important tool in the pursuit of achieving ‘peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development’ outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 16 at a Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) panel event in New York, hosted by the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations. 


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June 2019



Commonwealth Parliamentary Association workshop for the Parliament of Zambia focuses on Parliaments’ role in the scrutiny of international treaties and agreements   
Parliamentarians from the Parliament of Zambia have benefited from a successful two-day workshop on the role of Parliament in ratifying international treaties and agreements, hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Zambia Branch from 19 to 20 June 2019, and funded by the CPA Headquarters Secretariat through its Technical Assistance Programme. The substance of the CPA workshop revolved around the new oversight duty that the Parliament of Zambia was given in the new Constitution of Zambia in 2016: to approve international agreements and treaties before they are acceded to or ratified. 


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Commonwealth Parliamentarians should play a key role in supporting international humanitarian law’ says CPA Secretary-General at Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Conference in Rwanda   
The CPA Secretary-General was speaking at the 5th Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) held from 10 to 14 June 2019 at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. The conference was held on the theme of ‘Celebrating the Geneva Conventions and building respect for IHL: A Commonwealth Perspective’ in the light of both the 70th anniversaries of the Geneva Conventions and of the ‘modern’ Commonwealth in 2019. 


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CPA Parliamentary staff development programme in Canada with McGill University enhances skills for Commonwealth Parliaments and Parliamentarians   
Parliamentary staff from 14 Commonwealth Parliaments have undertaken a staff development programme at McGill University, Montréal, Canada which has been organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in collaboration with McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies. Created in response to the voiced needs of parliamentary staff, Programme Coordinator, Professor Rick Stapenhurst from McGill University officially opened the residency seminar and described the programme as “a unique tool that builds on the skills and capacity of senior parliamentary staff to help them better serve their Parliaments.”


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