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The Academy

The CPA Parliamentary Academy

A Centre of Excellence for Commonwealth Parliamentarians - Find out more and register for the CPA's new learning and development programme
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New CPA Strategic Plan 2022-2025 launched

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association sets out its four year plan to support its membership of 180 Commonwealth Parliaments.
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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson

Read the CPA's statement about the sudden death of the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka.
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CPA's 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures

Click here to find details of the CPA's membership and individual CPA Branches.
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Commonwealth Day 2021 - Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming

Find out more about this year's celebration of the Commonwealth on 8 March 2021
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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

CPA launches its new Parliamentary Academy
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CPA launches its new Parliamentary Academy

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has launched a portfolio of parliamentary professional development courses as part of the new CPA Parliamentary Academy.

CPA Post-Election Seminar: National Assembly of Belize
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CPA Post-Election Seminar: National Assembly of Belize

Belize Parliamentarians complete CPA Post-Election Seminar programme as they celebrate 40 years of independence

New CPA Strategic Plan 2022-2025 launched
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New CPA Strategic Plan 2022-2025 launched

The CPA sets out its four year plan to support its membership of 180 Commonwealth Parliaments.

New CPA website launched
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New CPA website launched

Find out more about the CPA's new website and its features.

Lawyers, Parliamentarians and the Rule of Law
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Lawyers, Parliamentarians and the Rule of Law

CPA and CLA host webinar on the separation of powers and the respective roles of lawyers and Parliamentarians in constitutional democracies.

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

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

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

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World Parliament Day

World Parliament Day

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CPA Virtual Conference: The 4th Industrial Revolution

CPA Virtual Conference: The 4th Industrial Revolution

Online

The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

Latest Issue:

The Parliamentarian: 2021 Issue One - 40th anniversary of CPA Small Branches:

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

CPA Small Branches Handbook on Lay Members of Parliament

This Handbook serves as an information resource on the adoption of lay members into small states and territories' parliamentary systems.

COVID-19: Delivering Parliamentary Democracy - CPA Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments

This toolkit provides various measures and recommendations that can be adopted by both Parliaments and Parliamentarians in order to continue to deliver on the Legislatures’ role of scrutinising legislation and delivering democracy during a global pandemic.