January 2020



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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November 2019



Role of Commonwealth Parliaments in tackling the challenges of urbanisation is the focus for Commonwealth Parliamentarians at 38th CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in South Australia 
The role of Commonwealth Parliaments in tackling the challenges of urbanisation has been the focus for Commonwealth Parliamentarians attending the 38th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Australia and Pacific Regional Conference in Adelaide, South Australia. The many challenges of urbanisation, transportation, infrastructure, engaging indigineous communities and rural decline were all examined by Commonwealth Parliamentarians during the Regional Conference. Around 40 Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff attended the Regional Conference from 20 CPA Branches across the CPA membership. 

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CPA Delhi Branch will witness forty-three future Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth as they participate in the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in India 
Over 40 Commonwealth youth delegates aged 18 to 29 years old are attending the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (#CYP10) hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Delhi Legislative Assembly in Delhi, India. This pan-Commonwealth event engenders an environment for youth Parliamentarians to develop their skills of debate and their interpersonal intelligence. The #CYP10 furnishes Commonwealth youth, who fervently long to assume a position in public office with a prime educational opportunity and is designed to introduce them to a professional sphere they potentially may occupy in the future.

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October 2019



Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in Africa Region encourage more women to participate in elections at workshop in Tanzania 
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from the CWP Africa Region have held a CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on the theme of ‘Advancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Processes’ in Arusha, Tanzania from 25 to 29 October 2019. 

The newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairperson, Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA attended the CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on advancing women's participation in elections, her first official visit since her election.

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3rd Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Regional Conference in South Australia held on the theme of ‘125 years towards getting even’ 
From 8 to 9 October 2019, over 50 women Parliamentarians from all sides of politics and all state, territory and federal Legislatures in the CPA Australia Region attended the 3rd Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Regional Conference, which was hosted by the Parliament of South Australia in Adelaide. The two-day CWP Regional Conference was held as part of the celebrations of 125 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia and the Regional Conference programme included consideration of the gains that women have made toward parity of representation in Australia and the further work that needs to be done.

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