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Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2023

Nominations are open! Submit a nomination today to recognise inspirational Parliamentarians for excelling in their field
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Blog: Equality & human rights in the Commonwealth

To mark UN Human Rights Day 2022, a new blog series shares different perspectives on human rights in the Commonwealth.
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Field Guide: Gender-Sensitive Parliaments

Get a blueprint for conducting a gender sensitive review with our new publication, 'CWP Gender-Sensitising Parliaments: A Seven-Step Field Guide'
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Professional Development: The CPA Parliamentary Academy

Access our online courses on parliamentary processes, with free and paid options available.
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Directory: Our Branches

The CPA is made up of 180 Parliaments and Legislatures across the Commonwealth. Browse our directory to find out more about each CPA Branch.
CPA Branches A to Z
About Us

About Us

Learn more about the people in our organisation, how we're governed and our history
What We Do

What We Do

Find out more about our projects, programmes, outputs and activities
Where We Work

Where We Work

Find out more about the CPA's Regions and Branches
Get Involved and Vacancies

Get Involved and Vacancies

Find out more about how you can get involved in our work

Latest News

Seychelles parliamentary leadership work with the CPA to establish a more independent Parliament
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Seychelles parliamentary leadership work with the CPA to establish a more independent Parliament

Senior Members and officials of the National Assembly of Seychelles have benefitted from a CPA workshop on establishing a parliamentary service

International Day of Education 2023
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International Day of Education 2023

Commonwealth MPs celebrate vital role of education for peace, development and democracy.

2023 Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year Awards launched
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2023 Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year Awards launched

The awards will be open to nominees who are current Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth.

CPA Secretary-General visits Parliament of Sri Lanka
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CPA Secretary-General visits Parliament of Sri Lanka

The CPA Secretary-General visited the Parliament of Sri Lanka where he met with the Speaker of Parliament and a number of MPs where they discussed a range of topics, including the Branch's hosting of the CPA Asia Regional Secretariat.

CPA Secretary-General visits Parliament of Singapore
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CPA Secretary-General visits Parliament of Singapore

The CPA Secretary-General visited the Parliament of Singapore where he met with the Speaker of Parliament and various MPs where they discussed a range of topics, including parliamentary practice and procedure across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Speakers at 26th CSPOC in Canberra
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Commonwealth Speakers at 26th CSPOC in Canberra

Speakers meet in Australia for the 26th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth to discuss parliamentary engagement, innovation and security

CPA News

CPA News

Read the latest news about the CPA and its activities
Events

Events

Find out about upcoming events from the CPA

Events

CPA Post-Election Seminar: Parliament of Kenya

CPA Post-Election Seminar: Parliament of Kenya

Kenya
New Academy Courses

New Academy Courses

Online
International Women's Day 2023
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International Women's Day 2023

Commonwealth Day 2023

Commonwealth Day 2023

Commonwealth
CPA Post-Election Seminar: House of Assembly of Dominica

CPA Post-Election Seminar: House of Assembly of Dominica

Online
Mid-Year Executive Committee Meeting 2023

Mid-Year Executive Committee Meeting 2023

Gibraltar

The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

Latest Issue:

The Parliamentarian 2022: Issue Four: Urban sustainability in the Commonwealth:

The Parliamentarian is the quarterly Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments published by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and features articles, news and legislative reports written by Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff and international experts across the Commonwealth about a wide range of global issues.

Find out about the publication here, or to read this issue on ISSUU, our online reading platform, click here ->

CPA Small Branches

Established in 1981, the network represents Commonwealth jurisdictions with populations under 500,000 and operates within the framework of the CPA. The CPA Small Branches network seeks to "empower small parliaments to overcome national and global challenges through cooperation, advocacy and the strengthening of parliamentary democracy and good governance"

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was founded in 1989 to increase the number of female elected representatives in Parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth and to ensure that women’s issues are brought to the fore in parliamentary debate and legislation.The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles; improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions. 

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD)

Recognising the need to increase representation of persons with disabilities in political institutions, the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network has been established to facilitate activities and programmes to champion and increase representation of persons with disabilities in Commonwealth parliaments and to work towards the mainstreaming of disability considerations in all CPA activities and programmes.

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Youth Engagement

Young people are of great importance to the future of the world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Commonwealth where they form approximately 30% of the population - a demographic of over one billion people. As such, the CPA believes passionately in engaging with young people to ensure they are effective future leaders.

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Our latest resources

CWP Gender-Sensitising Parliaments: A Seven-Step Field Guide

This Field Guide complements the 'CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines', providing a blueprint for Parliaments interested in undertaking a gender sensitive review and making their institution more inclusive and representative.

Mental Health Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments

This toolkit provides guidance, advice and education on how to protect and promote the mental health and well-being of Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

Engagement, Education and Outreach Handbook for Commonwealth Parliaments

This Handbook provides guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to increase public engagement and outreach, to ensure the public get a greater say in how they are governed.