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The CPA is formed of more than 180 Parliaments and Legislatures across the Commonwealth, known as 'Branches.' Browse our directory to find out more about each CPA Branch.
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Latest News

CPA gives evidence to Australian parliamentary codes of conduct committee
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CPA gives evidence to Australian parliamentary codes of conduct committee

The CPA's Head of Programmes Matthew Salik provided oral and written evidence to the Parliament of Australia’s Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Standards.

2022 Athens Democracy Forum
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2022 Athens Democracy Forum

Commonwealth Parliamentarians focus on challenges facing democracy at international forum

Tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from Commonwealth Parliaments
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Tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from Commonwealth Parliaments

Commonwealth Parliaments reflect on the life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the CPA Patron and Head of the Commonwealth.

Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
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Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

It is with deep sadness that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has learnt of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the CPA Patron and Head of the Commonwealth.

CPA Secretary-General visits The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh
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CPA Secretary-General visits The Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

Members of The Scottish Parliament discuss their activities with the CPA and the wider Commonwealth.

CPA Award at 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
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CPA Award at 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year Award announced at 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canada

CPA News

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Events

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Events

Advanced Skills-Building Residency Programme

Advanced Skills-Building Residency Programme

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
St Helena: Committee and Ministerial Training

St Helena: Committee and Ministerial Training

Jamestown, St Helena
11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

Latest Issue:

The Parliamentarian 2022: Issue Two: ‘Sport as a vehicle of sustainable development: The Commonwealth and the power of sport’ :

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.

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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.