March 2017



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.




October 2016



Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) promotes cross parliamentary cooperation while attending the 2016 IPU Assembly in Geneva

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has attended the 135th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly together with Speakers and Members of Parliament from across the Commonwealth and beyond. The IPU Assembly’s key theme for 2016 was addressing the role of parliaments as early responders to human rights abuses and encouraging Parliamentarians to be at the forefront in raising the alarm and taking action when serious human rights challenges arise. 

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Caribbean Regional Network builds Parliamentarians’ knowledge of greater financial scrutiny

Parliamentarians from across the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA) Region, who are engaged in scrutinising financial budgets and legislation through Public Accounts Committees, have participated in the 2016 meeting of the Caribbean Network of Public Accounts Committees (CarNPAC), hosted by the CPA Jamaica Branch and the Parliament of Jamaica from 24 to 25 October 2016. 

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CPA Statement on The Maldives 

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Parliamentary strengthening partners hold study group on reviewing democratic benchmarks 

A joint study group of partners in parliamentary strengthening is by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to review the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)’s Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures in light of the aspirations set out in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) attends 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan has attended the 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA. While at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF at the World Bank Group Headquarters, the Secretary-General also held a number of bilateral meetings to discuss the work of the CPA and its future activities.

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September 2016



Commonwealth CPA Roadshows tour comes to Twickenham Prep School in South West London with local MP 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Mr Akbar Khan and local UK Member of Parliament, Dr Tania Mathias MP visited Twickenham Prep School in South West London as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of schools and universities across the Commonwealth.

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Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) visits CPA Northern Ireland Branch at Northern Ireland Assembly and delivers CPA Roadshows to young people 

The Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan has visited the Northern Ireland Branch of the CPA at the invitation of Jo-Anne Dobson MLA, Chair of the Northern Ireland CPA Branch, Northern Ireland Assembly. During his visit the Secretary-General met with the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and with Members of the CPA Northern Ireland Executive Committee and other Members of the Assembly. The CPA Secretary-General also visited two local schools in Northern Ireland - Lurgan College and Dromore Central Primary School - as part of the CPA Roadshows tour of the Commonwealth schools and universities.

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