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CPC | 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The CPA annual conference will take place from 20 to 26 August 2022 in Halifax, Canada.
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Article | Empowering Climate Democracy

Ready for COP27: MPs from small Parliaments learn climate negotiating skills at CPA and UNDP workshop
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Podcast | How Do Politicians Prioritise?

Hear from the Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia and a Member of the Lok Sabha on how they choose what's important on our latest podcasts
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Resource | The CPA Parliamentary Academy

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians to address global issues and inclusive parliamentary democracy at 65th CPC
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Commonwealth Parliamentarians to address global issues and inclusive parliamentary democracy at 65th CPC

Commonwealth Parliamentarians to address global issues and inclusive parliamentary democracy at 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canada

Zambian politicians discuss functions of the National Assembly at Commonwealth seminar
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Zambian politicians discuss functions of the National Assembly at Commonwealth seminar

Members of the National Assembly of Zambia took part in a four-day Post-Election Seminar hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) from 25 to 28 July 2022.

58th CPA Canada Regional Conference in Prince Edward Island
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58th CPA Canada Regional Conference in Prince Edward Island

Commonwealth Parliamentarians meet in Prince Edward Island to discuss strengthening legislative practices at the 58th CPA Canada Regional Conference

Ready for COP27: MPs from small Parliaments learn climate negotiating skills at CPA and UNDP workshop
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Ready for COP27: MPs from small Parliaments learn climate negotiating skills at CPA and UNDP workshop

Twenty-one Members of Parliament from sixteen small states and jurisdictions learned how to navigate the multilateral climate landscape and implement effective climate action.

Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference for Australia and Pacific Regions
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Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference for Australia and Pacific Regions

Focus on revitalising democracy at 51st Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference in Victoria

CPA delegation provides a parliamentary voice at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
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CPA delegation provides a parliamentary voice at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Members of Parliament, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Secretary-General and CPA Headquarters Secretariat staff attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda, on behalf of the CPA.

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65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Halifax, Canada
New Academy Courses

New Academy Courses

Online
Advanced Skills-Building Residency Programme

Advanced Skills-Building Residency Programme

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

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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.