Please find below a selection of recent speeches given by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

15/07/2019: Opening of the 44th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region in Trinidad and Tobago
Speech by the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan at the opening of the regional conference in Trinidad and Tobago. Please click here for speech.  

19/06/2019: Opening of CPA Workshop on the Role of Parliaments in Ratifying International Treaties and Agreements for the Parliament of Zambia and CPA Zambia Branch
The CPA Director of Operations, Mr Jarvis Matiya delivered remarks of the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan at the opening of the CPA Workshop in Zambia. Please click here for the remarks.

10/06/2019: 5th Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law (IHL): Celebrating the Geneva Conventions and building respect for IHL: A Commonwealth Perspective
Remarks by the CPA Secretary-General at the conference in Rwanda. Please click here for remarks.

01/05/2019: Opening of the CPA Parliamentary Strengthening Seminar for the Parliament of Bermuda, Hamilton, Bermuda 
Speech given by the CPA Secretary-General at the opening of the CPA Parliamentary Strengthening Seminar in Bermuda. Please click here for speech.

09/01/2019: Opening of the CPA Post-Election Seminar for the Parliament of Grenada, St George's, Grenada 

Speech given by Mr Jarvis Matiya, CPA Director of Operations on behalf of the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan at the opening of the CPA Post-Election Seminar. Please click here for speech.

10/12/2018: Distinguished Lecture Series at Middlesex University, London, UK 
Lecture by the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan titled ‘Democracy and Diversity: A People’s Commonwealth for the 21st century?’. Please click here for lecture.

02/11/2018: Speech on the key role of Commonwealth Parliamentarians and Parliaments in implementing the human rights agenda at the launch of a new report titled ‘The Global Human Rights Implementation Agenda: The role of National Parliaments’, London, UK
Speech by the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan at the report launch event. Please click here for speech.

For other speeches and addresses given by the CPA Secretariat on behalf of the Secretary-General or by other official speeches at CPA events please click here.









Secretary-General Speeches
 SG Speech Nevis PES opening May 2018 (5/15/2018) 
   Speech by the CPA Secretary-General at the opening of the CPA Post-Election Seminar for the Nevis Island Assembly, Tuesday 15 May 2018.
 CHOGM 2018 Foreign Ministers April 2018 (4/23/2018) 
   The CPA Secretary-General presented to the CHOGM 2018 Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meeting on behalf of the CPA and Commonwealth Associated Organisations, 20 April 2018
 SG speech at Kenya Post Election Seminar opening March 2018 (3/5/2018) 
   The speech by the CPA Secretary-General at the opening of the Post Election Seminar for the National Assembly of Kenya in Mombasa, Monday 5 March 2018.
 SG speech at 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament Jersey Feb 2018 (2/26/2018) 
   The speech by the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan at the opening of the 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Jersey, 26 February 2018.
 SG speech at 6th CPA India Regional Conference Bihar Feb 2018 (2/19/2018) 
   The closing speech by the CPA Secretary-General at the 6th CPA India Regional Conference in Patna, Bihar on 18 February 2018.
 63rd CPC Small Branches Opening Speech (11/15/2017) 
   Speech made by the CPA Secretary-General at the 36th Small Branches Conference: "Continuing to Enhance High Standards of Performance of Parliamentarians". Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2 November 2017.
 63rd Keynote Plenary Speech SG (11/15/2017) 
   Keynote Plenary Speech made by the CPA Secretary-General at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference: "Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of Parliamentarians". Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5 November 2017.
 Cayman Islands PES SG speech Aug 2017 (8/3/2017) 
   The Secretary-General of the CPA gave a speech at the opening of the CPA post-election seminar for the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands, 3 August 2017.
 Turks and Caicos PES opening address June 2017 (6/7/2017) 
   Opening address by the CPA Secretary-General at the CPA Post-Election Seminar for the House of Assembly of Turks and Caicos, 7 June 2017
 Speech CWP SE Asia Seminar April 2017 (4/7/2017) 
   Speech by the CPA Secretary-General at the opening of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) South-East Asia Regional Seminar in Malaysia, 7 April 2017
 SG Speech International Parliamentary Conference on National Security and Cyber Security March 2017 (3/20/2017) 
   Speech by the CPA Secretary-General at the International Parliamentary Conference on National Security and Cyber Security on the topic of 'Building International Partnerships and Agreements', March 2017.
 SG Speech Launch Mauritius Gender Caucus March 2017 (3/20/2017) 
   Speech by the CPA Secretary-General at the launch of the new Parliamentary Gender Caucus at the National Assembly of Mauritius, March 2017.
 Caribbean Regional Hot Topic Forum SG Speech Dec 2016 (12/21/2016) 
   The CPA Secretary-General's speech at the CPA Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Regional Hot Topic Forum in London, UK on 15 December 2016
 Opening remarks at 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (12/14/2016) 
   The CPA Secretary-General's speech at the opening of the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, 14 December 2016
 CWP Conference Opening SG Speech Dec 2016 (12/14/2016) 
   The CPA Secretary-General's speech at the opening of the 5th Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference in London, UK, 14 December 2016
 SG Speech Small Branches Opening Dec 2016 (12/13/2016) 
   Speech by the Secretary-General of the CPA at the opening of the 35th CPA Small Branches Conference, 13 December 2016
 Asia Regional Hot Topics Forum Pakistan SG Opening Speech Nov 2016 (11/24/2016) 
   CPA Asia Regional Hot Topics Forum Launch event in Pakistan Secretary-General Opening Speech, 24 November 2016
 Opening Speech Zambia PES Nov 2016 (11/12/2016) 
   Opening address by the CPA Secretary-General at the Post-Election Seminar for the House of Assembly of Zambia, November 2016.
 Opening Speech 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament British Columbia Canada (11/7/2016) 
   Opening ceremony speech at the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament, hosted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 7 November 2016.
 Plenary Address CAA Regional Conference July 2016 (7/25/2016) 
   The plenary address by the CPA Secretary-General Akbar Khan at the 41st CPA Regional Conference for the Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region, July 2016.
 Speech POCC Tonga July 2016 (7/11/2016) 
   Speech by the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan at the 47th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference for the Pacific Region in Tonga, 11 July 2016
 Opening Speech 27th Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar Queensland June 2016 (6/6/2016) 
   The speech by the CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan at the opening ceremony of the 27th Commonwealth Parliamentary Seminar at the Parliament of Queensland, Australia, 6 June 2016
 Speech Post Election Seminar Guyana April 2016 (4/1/2016) 
   Speech by the CPA Secretary-General Mr Akbar Khan at the opening of the CPA Post Election Seminar for the Parliament of Guyana, April 2016