April 2018

Commonwealth Parliamentarians contribute to CHOGM 2018 London, UK           
Commonwealth Parliamentarians are participating in four associated Commonwealth Forums taking place this week at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in London and Windsor, United Kingdom from 16 to 20 April 2018. Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) including the CPA Chairperson, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP (Cameroon) and CPA Officers are participating in the Summit and the Forums and other events taking place. 

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March 2018

Mauritius hosts Commonwealth Parliamentarians as island nation celebrates 50th anniversary of independence           
The National Assembly of Mauritius and CPA Mauritius Branch 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 20 to 24 March 2018.
  

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Parliamentary staff training programme in Kenya builds skills for Commonwealth Parliaments          
Parliamentary staff from 15 Commonwealth Parliaments have undertaken a staff development programme in Nairobi, Kenya which has been organised by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) and the Parliament of Kenya in partnership with McGill University and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (who funded some participants to attend the programme).
  

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University students in Mauritius learn about Commonwealth Parliaments and democracy at CPA Roadshow         
Students at the University of Mauritius have been finding out about the Commonwealth, parliament and democracy at a CPA Roadshow. The Roadshow, organised by the National Assembly of Mauritius and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), provides an opportunity for young people to discuss issues of concern about their society and democracy, to meet Members of Parliament and Parliamentary staff and to find out more about the work of the CPA and the wider Commonwealth
.  

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Post-Election Seminar strengthens knowledge of parliamentary procedure for Kenyan MPs      
Newly elected and returning Members of the National Assembly of Kenya have strengthening their knowledge of parliamentary practice and procedure at the Post-Election Seminar held jointly with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Mombasa, Kenya, from 4 to 8 March 2018. The CPA Post-Election Seminar focused on the theme of ‘Sharing our experiences to enhance good governance and continually safeguard the welfare of the nation’ which enabled recently elected Parliamentarians to gain a broader understanding of the principles of parliamentary democracy and strengthen their skillsets.  

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Focus on a common future for young people as Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) celebrates Commonwealth Day 2018     
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has marked Commonwealth Day 2018 both in London at the CPA Headquarters Secretariat and across the CPA Regions and Branches. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, with members of the royal family, attended celebrations in London to mark Commonwealth Day 2018 and attended one of the largest multi-faith celebration services in Westminster Abbey. Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon attended the service together with Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). 

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlight gender equality and women’s representation in Parliaments to mark International Women’s Day 2018    
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) today marked International Women’s Day 2018 by highlighting gender equality and increasing 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 2018 calling for 'Progress for Women and the Vote in the Commonwealth'.

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9th 
Commonwealth Youth Parliament inspires future young leaders from across the Commonwealth    
Commonwealth youth delegates aged 18 to 29 met for the 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (9th CYP) from 25 February to 1 March 2018, hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Jersey States Assembly in St Helier, Jersey. The 49 delegates at the 9th CYP came from fifteen countries, ranging from the largest (India) to the smallest (Niue), and from 35 CPA Branches across eight CPA Regions. The five days of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament provided a key development opportunity for young people from the Commonwealth with ambitions of public office and introduced these potential young Parliamentarians to the fundamentals behind the processes of Parliament.

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to deliver Post-Election Seminar to help embed good governance in Kenya    

Following the elections in 2017 in Kenya, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will hold a jointly-organised Post-Election Seminar with the National Assembly of Kenya to help newly elected Members of Parliament strengthen their knowledge of parliamentary practice and procedure in Mombasa, Kenya, from 4 to 8 March 2018.

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New ceremonial mace presented to the Commonwealth Youth Parliament   
A new ceremonial mace for the Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) has been inaugurated at the 9th CYP in Jersey. The new mace was presented to the Commonwealth Youth Parliament by youth delegate, Artour Sogomonian from British Colombia, Canada on behalf of the former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Hon. Linda Reid, MLA, who hosted the 8th CYP in November 2016.

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February 2018

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson emphasises vital role that Parliamentarians can play at 2018 CHOGM  
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP spoke to Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth about the vital role that they can play in the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and Commonwealth Summit due to take place in the United Kingdom in April.

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Fifty future Parliamentary Leaders from across the globe to participate at the 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Jersey  
Over 50 Commonwealth youth delegates aged 18 to 29 will convene next week for the 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (9th CYP) hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the States Assembly in St Helier, Jersey. The week long Commonwealth Youth Parliament provides a key development opportunity for young people from the Commonwealth with ambitions of public office and is designed to demonstrate to potential future young Parliamentarians the fundamentals behind the processes of Parliament.

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Renewed focus on sustainable development goals and re-commitment to the independence of the legislature at 6th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Regional Conference 
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 the separation of powers between the legislature, the judiciary and the executive at the 6th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Regional Conference held in Patna, Bihar.


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Role of Parliament in the Sustainable Development Agenda to be the focus at 6th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Regional Conference in Bihar 
Over 100 Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across India will gather today for the 6th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) India Regional Conference in Patna, Bihar to be held from 16 to 19 February 2018. The theme of the conference will be the ‘Role of Parliament and Parliamentarians in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ and the conference will be attended by the CPA Chairperson and the CPA Secretary-General.


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January 2018

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association embeds good governance and democracy in St Helena, one of the remotest legislatures in the Commonwealth 
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has helped to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure for the St Helena Legislature following the recent elections in July 2017 through a CPA Post-Election Seminar for newly elected Members from 20 to 27 January 2018. One of the remotest legislatures in the CPA’s membership of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures, the St Helena Legislature is in the British Overseas Territory located on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean with a population of 4,500 people.


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Chairperson builds new three year strategy for CPA as she launches Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow for young people in Cameroon with CPA Secretary-General
The new Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP is building a new three year strategy for her term of office as she welcomed the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan to Cameroon on his first official visit since the Chairperson was elected in November 2017. 

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to play crucial role in embedding good governance in St Helena, one of the remotest legislatures in the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will help to strengthen parliamentary practice and procedure for the St Helena Legislative Council following the recent elections in July 2017 when it holds a CPA Post-Election Seminar newly elected Members and launches the CPA Roadshow for Young People in St Helena next week. The CPA Post-Election Seminar in St Helena, the ‘Galapagos of the South Atlantic’, will enable recently elected Parliamentarians to gain a broader understanding of the principles of parliamentary democracy and strengthen their skillsets.  

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CPA Masterclasses provide online digital training for Members and parliamentary staff to build an informed parliamentary community across the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched a new online digital resource ‘CPA Masterclasses’ to complement its parliamentary strengthening work and to enhance the performance of Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth.  

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Commonwealth Speakers meet in Seychelles for 24th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth
Speakers and Presiding Officers from across the Commonwealth are meeting in Seychelles for the 24th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) taking place from 8 to 13 January 2018 which was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Danny Faure.  

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December 2017




Commonwealth Parliamentary Association partners with United Nations Environment Programme to provide cutting edge training on climate change for Commonwealth Parliamentarians 
Commonwealth Parliamentarians will benefit from a new partnership that will provide training and development programmes on climate change with leading global experts. The new partnership agreement between the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), with its network of over 180 parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the leading UN agency on climate change, will benefit legislators in large and small jurisdictions across the Commonwealth.  

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November 2017




Parliament of Australia re-joins Commonwealth Parliamentary Association membership at 63rd CPC 
It is announced that the Commonwealth Parliament of Australia will be rejoining the membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) from 1 January 2018. The 63rd CPA General Assembly, meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, approved the application from the Parliament of Australia to reconstitute the Commonwealth of Australia Branch of the CPA following their application to re-join the CPA.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians call for urgent action from the international community to resolve the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya community
The following statement was adopted by consensus by the Commonwealth Parliamentarians attending the 63rd General Assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday 7 November 2017.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson elected at the 63rd CPA General Assembly
H
on. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has been elected as the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) International Executive Committee at the 63rd CPA General Assembly. The new Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) International Executive Committee was elected for a three-year term at the General Assembly that took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of the wider 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.  

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New CPA Executive Committee meet at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
The newly constituted Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association met at the conclusion of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh and elected the new Vice-Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee.  

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Significance of the Commonwealth in 21st century highlighted at first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture
Professor Dr Gowher Rizvi, International Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh has highlighted the significant role that the Commonwealth has played in international affairs at the first Asia Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture which took place in the margins of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  

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Equal representation for women in Parliaments and gender empowerment focus for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network meeting at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh have focused on the equal representation for women in Parliaments and gender empowerment.  

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Youth participation on the agenda at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
A youth roundtable event was hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch and CPA Headquarters Secretariat at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference with discussions between Commonwealth Parliamentarians and young people from a range of youth groups in Bangladesh. The inaugural youth roundtable was chaired by the CPA President and Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh and the topic for the discussions was ‘The importance of participatory governance to peaceful, democratic societies’.

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Bangladesh Prime Minister urges Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold democratic principles at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh
The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh Hasina, MP, Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has urged Commonwealth Parliamentarians to uphold democratic principles as she opened the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Prime Minister said: “We, Parliamentarians, being the people’s representatives have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and Parliamentary institutions.”  

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians to focus on enhancing their skills to deliver on democracy at 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Bangladesh      
Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth have gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh this week for the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, under the conference theme of ‘Continuing to enhance high standards of performance of Parliamentarians’. The conference discussions will focus on the importance of development for Parliamentarians, and in turn, parliament’s performance as a guarantor of democracy and an independent pillar in the separation of powers.  

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Parliamentarians from CPA Small Branches focus on the unique challenges affecting small parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth at 36th annual conference   
With the increased logistical, financial and infrastructure demands facing small jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, Parliamentarians meet to examine the unique challenges they face. The 36th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches Conference has been held in Dhaka, Bangladesh with Members of Parliaments and Legislatures from CPA Small Branches attending the conference. The conference discussed a new CPA Small Branches Strategy which for the first time in the CPA’s 106 year history will seek to meet the unique developmental needs of its smallest legislatures through key thematic areas and development activities that will build parliamentary capacity for CPA Small Branches and create greater opportunities for the sharing of knowledge, parliamentary strengthening and cooperation across the network.  

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October 2017




Public engagement on the agenda for Parliamentarians at 36th CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in New South Wales   

The CPA New South Wales Branch and the Parliament of New South Wales has hosted the 36th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Sydney, Australia. Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff attended the conference from CPA Branches across the two regions. At the conclusion of the conference, the first CPA Australia and Pacific Regional ‘Hot Topic’ Forum took place which heard from a number of speakers on ‘hot topic’ of the region - ‘Deliberating climate change: the role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians’.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Africa Region focus on Agenda 2063 at the 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Regional Conference   

The CPA Imo State Branch and the House of Assembly of Imo State has hosted the 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Regional Conference from 23 to 25 October 2017 in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. 

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Former CPA Secretary-General from Nova Scotia, Canada visits the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in London  

Hon. Arthur Donahoe, QC, former CPA Secretary-General (1993-2001) and former Speaker of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly in Canada visited the CPA Headquarters Secretariat in London where he met with CPA staff and discussed the CPA’s work in strengthening parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth. 

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New CPA Small Branches Strategy to focus on unique challenges facing the smallest Parliaments and Legislatures in the Commonwealth  

For the first time in its 106 year history, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will seek to meet the unique developmental needs of its smallest legislatures through a newly devised ‘CPA Small Branches Strategy’. The smallest of the CPA’s legislatures seek to meet the same expectations of service delivery as larger legislatures and in doing so, they recognise the importance of constantly innovating in the face of fiscal and human resource constraints; they recognise the central role of parliament in meeting the challenges of combatting corruption; and the threats in the face of climate change to some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable. 

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Increasing young people’s political participation is highlighted at the first Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow in CPA Canada Region
 
  
 


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has brought its youth engagement programme, the CPA Roadshow, to Canada for the first time at an event for university students in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa. 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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14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar focuses on strengthening democracy and the role of Parliamentarians
  


Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the CPA membership have looked at the challenges and solutions to strengthening democracy at the 14th CPA Canadian Parliamentary Seminar held in Ottawa, Canada from 15 to 21 October 2017. The annual seminar, organised by the CPA Canada Federal Branch, saw the participation of over twenty-five delegates from eight of the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). 

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Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) attends 2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF in Washington DC, USA  

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh has attended the 2017 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. The meetings were also attended by the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Dr Noraini Ahmad, MP, Malaysia. 

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September 2017




Focus on increasing young people’s political participation in Jersey at Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Roadshow  
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has brought its youth engagement programme to Jersey for the second time with the CPA Roadshows for young people visiting two schools in the Channel Islands. The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan held engaging CPA Roadshow sessions at Jersey College for Girls and at Hautlieu School. 

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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. 

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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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