September 2018




Embracing evaluation for Agenda 2030 is the focus for Parliamentarians at #EvalColombo2018 in Sri Lanka     
Over 100 Members of Parliament from 70 Parliaments globally, with many Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures represented, as well as international agencies, evaluation experts and civil society organisations, attended the first Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) #EvalColombo2018 global conference in Sri Lanka from 17 to 19 September 2018 on the theme of ‘Responsible Parliaments – Embracing Evaluation for Agenda 2030’.    

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in New Zealand unite to celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage and historic milestones in politics     
New Zealand Members of Parliament, both male and female, and from all political parties of the left and right, gathered for a special event on 19 September 2018 to celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. The breakfast event was convened by the Co-Chairpersons of the New Zealand group of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Louisa Wall, MP and Jo Hayes, MP, and the Deputy Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, Hon. Anne Tolley, as a poignant start to an important day of celebration and reflection. New Zealand women first achieved the right to vote in 1893.    

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International Democracy Day 2018 recognises democracy is ‘under strain’ and calls for parliamentary solutions for a changing world     
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly reaffirmed the Universal Declaration on Democracy by instituting the International Day of Democracy on 15 September each year. The United Nations theme for International Day of Democracy 2018 is: Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World. This year’s International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to look for ways to invigorate democracy and seek answers to the systemic challenges it faces. 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.    

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Commonwealth African Women Parliamentarians help to strengthen Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses in Lesotho     
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region has visited Lesotho to share experiences of gender equality and to help to strengthen the Women’s Multi-Party Parliamentary Caucus. This initiative aims to help Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians to appreciate their role in advancing women’s interests through legislation and to work across regional and national borders to share positive experiences that can advance women’s interests and equality.    

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Canada Federal Branch delegation promote Commonwealth partnerships and cooperation during visits to the Parliaments of South Africa and Kenya    
The Canada Federal Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has promoted Commonwealth partnerships during bilateral visits to the Parliaments of South Africa and Kenya from 1 to 8 September 2018. The delegation was led by the CPA Canada Chairperson, Hon. Yasmin Ratansi, MP together with Hon. Anthony Rota, MP, Assistant Deputy Speaker of the Canada House of Commons and Hon. Kerry Diotte, MP.    

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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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August 2018




Threats to national and regional security is the focus for Commonwealth Parliamentarians at the 49th CPA Africa Regional Conference in Botswana    
Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across Africa have discussed the increasing threats to national and regional security at the 49th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region Conference held in Gaborone, Botswana from 13 to 22 August 2018. The CPA Africa Regional Conference was hosted by Hon. Gladys K. T. Kokorwe, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Botswana and President of the CPA Africa Region, who welcomed Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the Africa continent.    

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New CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan launches for the development of the network over next three years    
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the CPA Small Branches Chairperson, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta, are delighted to launch the CPA Small Branches Strategic Plan 2018-2020 to the wider CPA membership.    

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Focus on gender equality in Parliaments and parliamentary strengthening at 56th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Canada Regional Conference in Ottawa    
Over 60 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the Canada Region have renewed their focus on gender equality in Parliaments and a commitment to parliamentary strengthening at the 56th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Canada Regional Conference, which has taken place in Ottawa, Canada from 22 to 27 July 2018. 2018 marks the centenary anniversary of women’s right to vote in the Canadian Federal elections.    

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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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