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Event | Virtual CPC Workshops

Topics include: parliamentary responses to terrorism, disability rights, representation and diversity, and sub-state Parliaments.
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Podcast | Julia Gillard

Listen to the former Australian PM's conversation with the CPA Secretary-General on the latest episode of Parliamentary Conversations in the Commonwealth
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Blog | Parliamentary Strengthening in Belize

Hon. Tracy Ann Panton, a Member of the Belize House of Representatives, reflects on the CPA's Women Parliamentarians' Roundtable and Public Engagement Dialogue with the National Assembly of Belize
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The CPA Parliamentary Academy

A Centre of Excellence for Commonwealth Parliamentarians - register for the CPA's new learning and development programmes.
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Commonwealth Parliamentarians and human rights leaders join workshop to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

17th CSPOC Africa Region Conference in Rwanda
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17th CSPOC Africa Region Conference in Rwanda

Commonwealth Speakers and MPs from CPA Africa Region at 17th Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Africa Region in Rwanda

CPA signs MoU with Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean
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CPA signs MoU with Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association agrees new cooperation on parliamentary strengthening, human rights, climate change and gender equality with Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

CPA Africa Regional Conference in Abuja, Nigeria
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CPA Africa Regional Conference in Abuja, Nigeria

Commonwealth Parliamentarians convene in Nigeria to discuss COVID-19 challenges at CPA Africa Regional Conference

CWP at 2021 Reykjavik Global Forum
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CWP at 2021 Reykjavik Global Forum

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network was represented at the Reykjavik Global Forum – Women Leaders, which took place from 9-10 November 2021 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

GLOBE COP26 Legislators Summit
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GLOBE COP26 Legislators Summit

Code Red for Humanity: Parliamentarians Gather During COP26 for Global Climate Change Summit

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CPA Post-Election Seminar: Parliament of The Bahamas

CPA Post-Election Seminar: Parliament of The Bahamas

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The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

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The Parliamentarian: 2021 Issue Four - What role can Parliaments play in supporting people with disabilities 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. Click here to download the latest issue.

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

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.

Commonwealth Parliamentarians Pay and Remuneration: Survey Outcome Report

This report outlines comparative information on the salaries, benefits and allowances of Members of Parliament throughout the Commonwealth.

CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines: Standards and a Checklist for Parliamentary Change

These guidelines have been created to help Commonwealth Parliaments to become gender sensitive institutions, providing legislatures with an outline of gender sensitising standards that they can look to achieve.