The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
The CPA is an Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.
The Association's mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth's democratic commitment and to further co-operation among its Parliaments and Legislatures. This mission is achieved through a Strategic Plan which ensures CPA activities continue to meet the changing needs of today's Parliamentarians.
CPA programmes provide the sole means of regular consultation among Commonwealth Members, fostering co-operation and understanding and promoting the study of and respect for good parliamentary practice. This role is endorsed by Commonwealth Parliaments and Heads of Government. In 2003, governments bound themselves to an underlying set of Commonwealth principles based on a CPA initiative with legal professionals to define the proper relationships between the arms of government.
The CPA pursues its objectives by means of:
1. Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums
2. Interparliamentary visits
3. Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops
4. Publications, notably The Parliamentarian, conference documentaries and newsletters on CPA activities and parliamentary and political events, and
5. Its Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre for research and communications.
Active CPA Branches now exist in 175 national, state, provincial and territorial Parliaments, with a total membership of approximately 17,000 Parliamentarians.
For more information on the aims of the CPA, please click here for an electronic copy of the Aims Booklet 2010: "Promoting Parliamentary Democracy".