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How the pandemic changed Commonwealth democracies

Read the CPA's International Day of Democracy blog series on how ‘democracy looks different' in 2021. Topics include online voting, elections and livestreaming, with case studies from across the Commonwealth.
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Looking ahead to COP26: Climate change in the Commonwealth

The latest issue of The Parliamentarian examines the vital role of Parliamentarians in combatting climate change ahead of COP26.
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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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Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service

Did you know that the CPA offers a research service for Members? We compile up-to-data information from across our 180+ Branches.
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CPA's 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures

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Latest News

Northern Ireland Assembly hosts CPA BIM Regional Conference
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Northern Ireland Assembly hosts CPA BIM Regional Conference

More than 50 Speakers, Members of Parliaments, Clerks and parliamentary officials attended the Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 21-22 September 2021

CPA joins international partners to coordinate parliamentary responses to COP26
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CPA joins international partners to coordinate parliamentary responses to COP26

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has joined with international partners led by GLOBE International to facilitate the engagement of parliamentary networks and Parliamentarians at the forthcoming COP26 and UNFCCC meetings.

New Chairperson for Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities network announced
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New Chairperson for Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities network announced

Following a virtual meeting of the Regional Champions of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network, Hon. Dennitah Ghati MP from the National Assembly of Kenya has been announced as the new CPwD Chairperson.

CPA Turks and Caicos Branch visit
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CPA Turks and Caicos Branch visit

CPA Secretary-General visits the House of Assembly in Turks and Caicos Islands to meet Members and officials of the CPA Turks and Caicos Branch.

International Day of Democracy 2021
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International Day of Democracy 2021

To mark International Day of Democracy, the CPA has launched, 'Democracy Looks Different: How the pandemic changed Commonwealth democracies', a blog series reviewing how COVID-19 has changed the way that democracies look and function.

CPA Secretary-General Speaks at Commonwealth Lawyers Conference
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CPA Secretary-General Speaks at Commonwealth Lawyers Conference

The Secretary-General reiterated the importance of the separation of powers at the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference in Nassau, The Bahamas.

CPA News

CPA News

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Events

Events

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Virtual CPC Workshops

Virtual CPC Workshops

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CWP Roundtable: Gender Sensitive Parliaments in the 21st Century (CAA Region)

CWP Roundtable: Gender Sensitive Parliaments in the 21st Century (CAA Region)

Online
Virtual Commonwealth Youth Parliament 2021

Virtual Commonwealth Youth Parliament 2021

Online
CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference on ‘Parliament, People and Pandemics’

CPA Australia and Pacific Regional Conference on ‘Parliament, People and Pandemics’

Perth, Western Australia

The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

Latest Issue:

The Parliamentarian 2021: Issue Three: Looking ahead to COP26: the key challenges facing the Commonwealth in combatting climate change:

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.