September 2017

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. 

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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. 




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. 




June 2017



42nd Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region takes place in St Kitts 


The St Kitts and Nevis Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has hosted the 42nd Regional Conference of the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region. Hundreds of Commonwealth Parliamentarians and observers from around the region gathered in St. Kitts and Nevis for the week-long conference hosted in St. Kitts and Nevis for the second time in its history on the theme of ‘Enhancing Democracy through the use of the Parliamentary System and the Media’.

The conference also held the 10th Regional Conference of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and the Caribbean Regional Youth Parliament, hosted by the St Kitts National Youth Parliament Association (SKNYPA). During the conference, the CPA Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forum Part Two took place which 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’. 




Commonwealth packs and CPA Roadshows teachers’ materials complete long journey to reach local schools in Tonga 

Local schools in Tonga have received materials from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Headquarters Secretariat about the Commonwealth, parliament and the 2017 Commonwealth Day theme of ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth


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Innovative CPA-sponsored video project engages young people in Victoria, Australia with 2017 Peace-building Commonwealth theme  

The Victoria Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at the Parliament of Victoria, Australia have launched the next stage of their 2017 Commonwealth Day project ‘Peace by Piece’. The project was developed as an innovative way to engage the youth of Australia with the 2017 Commonwealth Day theme of ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’


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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association plays crucial role in embedding good governance in Turks and Caicos with post-election seminar for newly elected Members of the Legislature 


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has held a post-election seminar for newly elected Members of the Turks and Caicos Legislature to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure following the recent elections and a CPA Roadshow for young people


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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretariat benefits from Towards Outstanding Leadership Programme event 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Headquarters Secretariat have hosted the Towards Outstanding Leadership Alumni event on the theme of collaboration with alumni from the programme from a wide range of public, governmental and charitable sectors. CPA Secretariat staff also benefited from the learning and development programme which covered presence and power, powerful listening and working collaboratively


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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

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May 2017

CPA Chairperson highlights the role of the Opposition as important for strengthening parliamentary democracy at CPA Roadshow for young people in Bangladesh 

The CPA President and Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh has highlighted the role of the Opposition and the Treasury bench as important for strengthening parliamentary democracy at CPA Roadshow for young people in Bangladesh. The CPA Chairperson emphasised that if the Opposition plays a constructive and responsible role in the democratic process then the accountability of the government can be ensured. 

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Former Commonwealth Secretary-General warns of pressures on global democracy at first Pacific Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General and New Zealand Parliamentarian, Sir Don McKinnon ONZ GCVO has delivered the first Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture in the CPA Pacific Region speaking about the challenges democracies face globally and how to overcome them on 2 May, 2017 at the Houses of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. 
Sir Don McKinnon spoke on the subject of ‘Dark clouds over democracy’ and said that democracy was facing big challenges across the Pacific Region as well as across the Commonwealth but that it still offered a system everyone could participate in. 

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Focus on increasing young people’s political participation in New Zealand at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow    

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has brought its youth engagement programme to New Zealand with a CPA Roadshow visit to St Mary’s College in central Wellington.This was followed by a visit to the Parliament of New Zealand by the CPA Secretary-General. 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

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April 2017



Progress in promoting democracy between Parliament, Parliamentarians and citizens recognised during Commonwealth Parliamentary Association visit to Fiji   

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Fiji Branch of the CPA at the Parliament of Fiji and has spoken of the progress shown towards democracy through the development of trusting relationships between Parliament, Parliamentarians and citizens in Fiji. 

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Youth engagement in Australia as Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow visits college students in Darwin  

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has brought its youth engagement programme to Australia with a CPA Roadshow visit to Taminmin College, a school in Darwin, Northern Territory. 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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International delegation of Commonwealth Parliamentarians hosted by Legislative Assembly of Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia  
The Legislative Assembly of Northern Territory in Australia has hosted over 30 Commonwealth Speakers and Members of Parliament for the Mid-Year meetings of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) from 25 to 27 April 2017. 

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Youth engagement is the key to increased political participation says Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General on a visit to Singapore  

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has underlined the crucial role that parliament can play in encouraging youth engagement in the political process, especially with the 60% of the 2.4 billion population of the Commonwealth who are aged under 30, during a visit to the CPA Singapore Branch and the Parliament of Singapore. 

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Importance of elections and their independent observation highlighted at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Learning and Development Lecture  

A number of distinguished guests from the Commonwealth family including the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Josephine Ojiambo and staff members at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Headquarters Secretariat heard from renowned lawyer and election observer, Dame Audrey Glover DBE at a special CPA learning and development lecture.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Chairperson calls for all Parliamentarians to work together to address global inequalities as she addresses MPs at 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bangladesh  

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh was given the rare privilege of addressing the 136th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) when it took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1-5 April 2017. 

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Closing the gender gap and promoting equality in social, economic and political issues is the renewed focus for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in South-East Asia while the CPA Roadshow highlights youth political participation to university students in Malaysia 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) South East Asia Regional Seminar has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Parliament of Malaysia and a CPA Roadshow for university students has also taken place. 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

Please click here to read the news story.






Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

Please click here to read the news story.






Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. 

Please click here to read the news story.




March 2017

Renewed focus on global security highlighted at London conference

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Mr Akbar Khan has highlighted the need for international cooperation beyond national boundaries at the International Parliamentary Conference (IPC) on National Security and Cybersecurity in London, United Kingdom. 

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A new chapter in democracy as the National Assembly of Mauritius joins other Commonwealth Parliaments in establishing a gender caucus to advance democratic governance 

The National Assembly of Mauritius has launched a new Parliamentary Gender Caucus aimed at promoting gender equality in Parliament. Hon. Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius spoke of the catalytic effect that gender equality has in the achievement of an inclusive and progressive society and promoting good governance and Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was guest of honour at the launch in Mauritius. 

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Chairperson and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) speak to Members of Parliament and young people in Scotland about importance of the Commonwealth ‘post-Brexit’ during visit to CPA Scotland Branch in Commonwealth week 2017 

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh and the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan have visited the Scotland Branch of the CPA at the Scottish Parliament during a week-long celebration of the importance of the Commonwealth, following Commonwealth Day 2017. 

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Focus on Peace-Building Commonwealth as Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) celebrates Commonwealth Day 2017 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has marked Commonwealth Day 2017 both in London at the CPA Headquarters Secretariat and across the CPA Regions and Branches.

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlight gender equality and increasing women’s representation in parliaments for International Women’s Day 2017 

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) have been marking International Women’s Day 2017 by highlighting gender equality and increasing women’s representation in Parliaments. Events have taken place across the Commonwealth and the CWP Chairperson released a special video message for all Commonwealth Parliamentarians.

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February 2017



Gender equality and increasing women’s representation in parliaments is top of the agenda for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians 

Over 20 Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from 16 countries have met to discuss the gender priorities for 2017 and beyond at a working group and strategy session held in the United Kingdom. The two-day retreat provided the CWP participants with an opportunity to take stock of gender representation in Commonwealth legislatures and re-commit to energising the CWP to take action to better support women in parliament.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at OECD Global Parliamentary Network 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has attended meetings and bilaterals at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 5th Global Parliamentary Network in Paris, France attended by over 120 Members of Parliament from 40 different countries.

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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) visits CPA Isle of Man Branch at Tynwald and brings CPA Roadshows to young people on the island

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Isle of Man Branch of the CPA and Tynwald, the Island’s Parliament, for a two day visit. During his visit to the Isle of Man, the Secretary-General met with the President of Tynwald, Hon. Stephen Rodan MLC and the Speaker of the House of Keys, Hon. Juan Watterson SHK, at the Legislative Buildings in Douglas and also visited four schools
as part of the CPA Roadshows touring the Commonwealth to help to increase young people’s awareness of parliament and democracy.

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January 2017



CPA Roadshow visits St Thomas More High School in Southend, United Kingdom

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, Mr Akbar Khan, CPA Secretary-General and
 Ms Meenakshi Dhar, CPA Director of Programmes have visited the St Thomas More High School as part of the CPA Roadshows touring the Commonwealth to help to increase young people’s awareness of parliament and democracy. They spoke to some of the 6th Form students from St Thomas More High School and Westcliff High School.

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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. 
 
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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’
 
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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’
 
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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. 
 
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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. 
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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