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. 

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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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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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November 2016



CPA launches new Regional ‘Hot Topics’ Forums with first event for CPA Asia Region in Pakistan

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) launches its CPA Regional Hot Topics Forums to provide an opportunity for the CPA Membership and the wider community to engage with experts on a particular topic which is of specific regional relevance. The first CPA Regional Hot Topics Forum was held in the CPA Asia Region on the subject of ‘Democracies in Transition and the challenges they face.’
 
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Renewed focus on global trade at CPA-WTO Workshop for Parliamentarians in the Caribbean Region

Parliamentarians from across the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region have come together for the Regional Trade Workshop convened by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from 22 to 24 November 2016 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Please click here to read the news story.





Newly elected Parliamentarians in Zambia at CPA Post Election Seminar as CPA Secretary-General highlights youth participation at CPA Roadshow

Newly elected Parliamentarians to the 12th National Assembly of Zambia have attended the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Post-Election Seminar, which has taken place in Lusaka, Zambia from 12 to 14 November 2016, hosted by the CPA Zambia Branch. The CPA Secretary-General addressed the seminar during a visit to the CPA Zambia Branch and also held a CPA Roadshow at a local university. Please click here to read the news story.




CPA Chairperson stresses the need to imbibe the youth of society with democratic values so that democracy can flourish at CPA Roadshow in Bangladesh  

The Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh has stressed the need to imbibe the youth of society with democratic values so that democracy can flourish and people can get benefit from the democratic system of government. The Chairperson was speaking as the chief guest at the CPA Roadshow on Parliamentary Democracy held at the Bangladesh Parliament for over 120 young people. Please click here to read the news story.



8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament opens in British Columbia, Canada with young people from across the Commonwealth  

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament has opened in British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. In a colourful opening ceremony in the Legislative Chamber at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, over 60 young participants representing CPA Branches in eight of the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific – came together for the start of a week long programme of events. 

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Pacific Regional Network focuses on parliament’s role in financial scrutiny  

Parliamentarians from across the Pacific Region, who are engaged in scrutinising financial budgets and legislation through Public Accounts Committees, have participated in the 2016 meeting of the Pacific Network of Public Accounts Committees (PaNPAC), hosted by the Parliament of Solomon Islands from 7-9 November 2016. The delegate countries attending the meeting include: Cook Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands. 

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CPA Secretary-General highlights youth participation in the Overseas Territories during visit to CPA Bermuda Branch  

The CPA Secretary-General Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Bermuda Branch of the CPA at the invitation of Hon. K. H. Randolph Horton, JP, MP, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Bermuda and also visited five schools and colleges in Bermuda as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of the Commonwealth schools and universities. 

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66 young people representing thirty nine CPA Branches across the Commonwealth to meet for 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in British Columbia, Canada  

The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament will take place next week from 6 to 10 November 2016 in British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP8) will bring together sixty six participants representing thirty nine CPA Branches* in eight of the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific. Please click here to read the news story.