July 2020



CPA Secretary-General Elect speaks of the importance of the SDGs with Commonwealth Scholars at UK Parliament event
The Secretary-General Elect of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Stephen Twigg, joined Government Ministers, Parliamentarians and other guest speakers at the annual event for Commonwealth Scholars. The event offered a rare opportunity for young people on the scheme to hear from Members of the UK Parliament and gain an insight into the role of Parliament in UK politics.

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CPA Secretary-General Elect joins Botswana MPs for virtual workshop on effective parliamentary oversight
The Secretary-General Elect of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Stephen Twigg has joined Commonwealth Parliamentarians via video link at the Parliament of Botswana for the 12th Parliamentary Workshop on Effective Oversight this week. The virtual workshop was opened by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Botswana, Hon. P. T. C. Skelemani, MP and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Ms B. N. Dithapo and was attended by around 50 Members of the Parliament of Botswana. The four-day workshop examined parliamentary oversight and accountability and the tools available to MPs to undertake this role.

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June 2020



International Day of Parliamentarism celebrates the vital role of Parliaments especially during the current COVID-19 global pandemic
The International Day of Parliamentarism (World Parliament Day) is celebrated every year on 30 June and this year, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is celebrating the vital role that Parliaments and Legislatures are playing during the current global COVID-19 pandemic to pass emergency laws, allocate resources and scrutinize government action. 

The CPA Headquarters Secretariat is continuing to support its membership of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures to connect and exchange ideas during the current pandemic through innovative methods.

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New Commonwealth report provides reflections on democracy and development during postponed CHOGM 2020 week
Leaders of the Commonwealth’s 54 countries were due to meet this week in Kigali, Rwanda, at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting has been postponed, however a new report has been launched to reinforce the values and aspirations of the Commonwealth and discuss shared goals of democracy and development.

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New Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) appointed
The Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has appointed a new Secretary-General for the Association. Stephen Twigg will become the 8th CPA Secretary-General of one of the oldest established organisations in the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association joins global webinar highlighting the vital role of the Commonwealth networks
The CPA Acting Secretary-General has delivered the keynote address at a global online webinar titled 'Vanguards in the 21st century: Optimising Commonwealth Networks’ and highlighted the key role that Commonwealth organisations play in the international community.

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May 2020



Helping Parliaments to gain greater independence from Governments – CPA launches its Model Law for Independent Parliaments
As part of its commitment to the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles, as well as its work in benchmarking Parliaments against international standards, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has developed a Model Law for Independent Parliaments to help empower Parliaments to take control away from the Executive to ensure it has the administrative, operational and financial resources it needs to function effectively.

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Remote working during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic: CPA Masterclass videos equip Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with practical techniques
Three new CPA Masterclass videos have been launched by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to equip Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with practical techniques to effectively plan and manage parliamentary responsibilities.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association hosts two virtual panel discussions for Clerks and parliamentary staff to share best practice on delivery of parliamentary democracy during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global pandemic
The CPA Headquarters Secretariat held two virtual webinars for Commonwealth Clerks and parliamentary staff from across its membership of 180 Parliaments and Legislatures to share best practice on delivering parliamentary democracy during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global pandemic.

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Presiding Officers, Parliamentarians and Clerks gather for an online meeting on virtual parliamentary sittings during the COVID-19 pandemic hosted by the CPA and ParlAmericas
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and ParlAmericas held an online meeting on virtual parliamentary sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic for Presiding Officers and Clerks of English-speaking Parliaments in the Americas and the Caribbean on Friday 1 May 2020. Parliamentary officials from over 30 Parliaments in the region attended the meeting virtually.

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April 2020



COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and delivering parliamentary democracy: Toolkit launched by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
The CPA Headquarters Secretariat has conducted research amongst its membership of 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures to synthesise a forward-looking ‘CPA Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and delivering parliamentary democracy’. This toolkit provides various measures and recommendations that can be adopted by both Parliaments and Parliamentarians in order to continue to deliver on the Legislatures’ role of scrutinising legislation and delivering democracy during a global pandemic.

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CPA Statement: 7th CPA Secretary-General (2016-2019)
The CPA Headquarters Secretariat has released a statement regarding the outgoing 7th CPA Secretary-General.

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March 2020



CPA Statement: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s work continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic 
As the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) increases across the Commonwealth, the CPA Headquarters Secretariat has released a statement to its membership to reassure CPA Branches on the measures already put in place to ensure the CPA's support to its membership is consistent and robust during this time of uncertainty.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association celebrates Commonwealth Day 2020 in its 180 Parliaments and Legislatures 
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is celebrating Commonwealth Day 2020 across the CPA’s nine Regions and over 180 Parliaments and Legislatures. The 2020 Commonwealth Day theme focuses on ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’ 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.

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International Women’s Day 2020: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlight gender equality and women’s representation in Parliaments 
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) are marking International Women’s Day 2020 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 2020 calling for a more gender-balanced world and the difference individuals can make - #EachForEqual.

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CP4D Joint Statement:  Inclusion and accountability should be high on the agenda at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Commonwealth partnership says 
Commonwealth organisations are hosting a three-day conference in London which begins today (4 March) which aims to put inclusion and accountability high on the agenda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda in June 2020. Over the last two years, the UK Government has helped advance inclusion and accountability across the Commonwealth through its ‘Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy,’ which worked with parliaments and local governments in 18 Commonwealth Member States to improve the representation of women, young people, people with disabilities and the LGBT+ community in democratic processes.

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February 2020



Parliamentary Clerks from the CPA Africa Region’s Society of Clerks-at-the-Table meet in Tanzania 
Parliamentary Clerks from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region have met for the Steering Committee of the Africa Region Society of Clerks-at-the-Table (SoCATT) in Arusha, Tanzania from 21 to 24 February 2020. This is the first Steering Committee meeting this year and was convened by the Chairperson of the SoCATT CPA Africa Region, Mrs Cecilia N. Mbewe, Clerk of the National Assembly of Zambia. The purpose of the meeting was to plan for the Society’s activities for 2020 and to track progress and report on various recent activities of the Society.

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Overcoming trade barriers for small jurisdictions highlighted at 45th Session of the Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation 
The former Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches, Hon. Angelo Farrugia MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta has represented the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) at the 42nd Session of the Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organisation (WTO), in Brussels, Belgium on 20 February 2020. The Speaker of Malta spoke about overcoming trade barriers for the smallest jurisdictions including fisheries subsidies and also highlighted the greater impact of climate change on small states as an important issue in relation to the impact of trade processes.

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The CPA’s Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures are helping the smallest of Parliaments in the Commonwealth to identify benchmarks of good governance and parliamentary standards 
Reinforcing the belief that effective Parliaments are one of the principal institutions of any functioning democracy, the CPA Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures provide a minimum standard and a guide on how a Parliament should be constituted and how it should function. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat has been engaged recently in assisting CPA Branches to conduct self-assessments using the CPA’s Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures. Recently the CPA Anguilla Branch and the House of Assembly of Anguilla became the eleventh Commonwealth Legislature to use the framework to conduct an Assessment.

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Climate Change and Small States: Parliamentarian’s Toolkit launched by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association launches new toolkit for Parliamentarians on Climate Change and Small States - a practical guide supporting Parliamentarians from CPA Small Branches to be effective legislators in combating climate change. The new Climate Change toolkit was launched by the CPA Small Branches Chairperson and Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament, Hon. Niki Rattle; the Speaker of Malta, Hon. Angelo Farrugia; and the Acting CPA Secretary-General, Mr Jarvis Matiya.

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The Maldives re-joins the Commonwealth 
The Republic of The Maldives has re-joined the Commonwealth on 1 February 2020, becoming the 54th nation of the Commonwealth. The small island nation rejoined the Commonwealth following a process of over a year that began when President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wrote to the Commonwealth Secretary-General expressing the country’s interest in re-joining. Under the Constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Parliament of the Maldives (People’s Majlis) is eligible to rejoin the CPA’s association of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures.

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January 2020



Commonwealth Parliamentarians from small jurisdictions meet in Malta to discuss sustainable ways of boosting their economies   
Over 20 senior Parliamentarians from jurisdictions across the Commonwealth have met in Malta to discuss sustainable ways of boosting their economies. The CPA programme was hosted by the Parliament of Malta and delivered by the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in partnership with the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence. It discussed trade opportunities for small states, the development of the tourism sector, education, integration and equality, renewable energy and energy independence, ocean management and climate change and food security.

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the largest democracy in the world gather at 7th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Regional Conference in Uttar Pradesh   
Over 100 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across India have renewed their focus on Parliament’s role in the sustainable development agenda and reaffirmed their commitment to democracy at the 7th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Regional Conference held for the first time in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, from 15 to 18 January 2019. The Chairperson of the CPA India Region and Speaker of the Lok Sabha, India Parliament, Hon. Shri Om Birla, MP inaugurated the Regional Conference and delegates were hosted by the CPA Uttar Pradesh Branch and the Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Hon. Hriday Narayan Dixit.

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Climate change on the agenda for Commonwealth Parliamentarians from CPA Small Branches at 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Australia   
Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the CPA Australia and Pacific Regions are focusing on the impact of climate change at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF28) in Australia held from 13 to 16 January 2020. The issue of climate change in the region has been brought into sharp focus by the tragic Australian bushfires in the last few months and delegates will also debate the role of climate change in natural disasters.

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Young people encouraged to play a positive role in democracy as Commonwealth Parliamentary Association brings CPA Roadshows to Gibraltar   
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has held two CPA Roadshows in Gibraltar aimed at introducing young people to the work of the CPA, the importance of the Commonwealth family and the CPA’s vital role in the democratic process. The CPA Roadshows were delivered by the CPA Acting Secretary-General, Mr Jarvis Matiya, and by the Deputy Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Hon. Dr Joseph Garcia, in his capacity as Minister with responsibility for relations with the Commonwealth.

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Speakers meet in Canada for the 25th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth to discuss parliamentary engagement, transparency and accountability   
Speakers and Presiding Officers from across the Commonwealth have met in Canada for the 25th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) which took place from 6 to 10 January 2020. Speakers and Presiding Officers from 37 Commonwealth Parliaments were hosted by the Senate of Canada’s Speaker, Hon. George Furey and the Speaker of the House of Commons, Hon. Anthony Rota, MP.

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December 2019



CPA Africa Region sign MoU to bring Indonesia investment to Tanzania   
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Regional Secretariat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with organisations from Indonesia towards the financing and construction of a new hotel in Dodoma, Tanzania as an investment vehicle for the Africa Region.

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians mark International Day for People with Disabilities 2019  
International Day of People with Disabilities is marked by people, organisations, agencies, charities, places of learning and Parliaments - all of whom have a vital role to play in identifying and addressing discrimination, marginalization, exclusion and inaccessibility that many people living with disabilities face. Commonwealth Parliamentarians from New South Wales, Australia; Wales; Malta; Nova Scotia, Canada; and Barbados have been helping the CPA to mark International Day for People with Disabilities 2019. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is working with over 180 CPA Branches across the Commonwealth to develop a new network for Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities.

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10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in India inspires future young leaders from across the Commonwealth to take a stand 
The Commonwealth’s future leaders and Parliamentarians have been inspired at the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (#CYP10) to take a stand on issues such as climate change, the SDGs and urbanisation. Hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Delhi Legislative Assembly in Delhi, India from 24 to 28 November 2019, participants debated issues of concern as Youth Parliamentarians in the Assembly chambers. The 47 delegates, aged between 18 and 29 years, came from thirteen countries, ranging from the largest democracy in the Commonwealth (India) to one of the smallest (Tonga), and from 33 CPA Branches across nine CPA Regions.

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson promotes gender equality on visits to South Africa, Iceland and the UK 
The newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairperson, Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA (Pakistan) has been promoting gender equality and the CWP’s activities and initiatives on a series of visits that has taken her to three different countries. The CWP Chairperson first visited Western Cape in South Africa to participate in a programme of events convened to re-establish their Parliament’s commitment to the values of the CWP then travelled to Iceland to attend the Global Forum for Women Leaders and then to the UK to visit the CPA Headquarters and the Gender Unit at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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