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Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The CPA flagship event is its Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC). The Conference is the largest gathering of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who come together to discuss and debate key global political issues and developments.  Between 1948 and 1959 the conferences were biennial and annual since 1961. Although due to a number of circumstances, such as the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Conference has not been held since 2019. 

The Conference period includes a number of elements, such as the General Assembly, meetings of the Executive Committee, the CPA Small Branches Conference, meetings of the the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), meetings for parliamentary clerks and officials (SOCATT) and a multitude of learning and development workshops.

A comprehensive history of the Conference can be downloaded here

Future Conferences

The next Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference will be held in 2022 in Canada.
2022 Canada - 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

One of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians will take place at the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the CPA Canada Region in Halifax, Canada. The annual flagship event will bring together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity. The CPC offers the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments.

The CPA annual conference was due to take place in January 2021 - however the date has been postponed as a result of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the quarantine restrictions in place between different countries. The CPA Executive Committee approved the postponement of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in August 2020 and again in March 2021. The current projected dates for the 65th CPC are: 20 to 26 August 2022.

With the ever-increasing focus on greater scrutiny of Parliamentarians and the overall public trust deficit in Parliaments, the CPA’s annual conference offers the opportunity for Members to benefit from professional development, supportive learning and the sharing of best practice with colleagues from Commonwealth Parliaments together with the participation of leading international organisations.

The 65th CPC Conference will be hosted by the CPA President (2019-2022), Hon. Anthony Rota, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.

During the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there will also be a number of additional conferences and meetings including: 38th CPA Small Branches Conference; 65th CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; and the Society of Clerks at the Table (SoCATT) meetings.

The CPA Executive Committee also agreed that the postponement of the 65th CPC would allow for the hosting of the 7th triennial conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP).

The forthcoming annual conference will also hold elections for the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee; the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians; the Chairperson of the CPA Small Branches; and the CPA Treasurer for new terms of office.

Follow #65CPC for updates on social media.

 

Theme and topics for the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

65th CPC Conference Theme: Inclusive, Accessible, Accountable and Strong Parliaments: the Cornerstone of Democracy and Essential for Development

  • Workshop A: Remaining Relevant in Response to a Pandemic: The Role and Responsibilities of Parliament (CPA Canada Region Host Topic)
  • Workshop B: Role of Parliaments in Achieving Sustainable Development (Talk show and Q&A)
  • Workshop C: A People's Parliament: Accessibility through Innovation (Plenary and Q&A)
  • Workshop D: Professional Development for Parliamentarians - Opportunities and Challenges for Small Parliaments (Small Branches topic)
  • Workshop E: Access to Assistive Technologies: Implementation of Standards Across Commonwealth Parliaments (Plenary and Q&A)
  • Workshop F: Building Gender Sensitive Parliaments (Gender topic)
  • Workshop G: Youth Roundtable - Cyberbullying: Youth, Trolling and Mental Health (Youth topic)
  • Workshop H: The Climate Emergency: Are Parliaments Holding Governments to Account? (Plenary and Q&A)

For further information about the 65th CPC workshops please email CPC@cpahq.org.

Theme and topics for the 38th CPA Small Branches Conference

CPA Small Branches Conference Theme: Resilience and Preparedness of Small Branches 

The 38th CPA Small Branches Conference will be held in the margins of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Halifax, Canada.

  • Small Branches Workshop A: Disaster Risk Preparedness for Small Jurisdictions  
  • Small Branches Workshop B: Building Sustainable Economies in CPA Small Branches 
  • Small Branches Workshop C: Financial Scrutiny and Oversight: How can small Parliaments ensure effective accountability?  
  • Small Branches Workshop D: Wellbeing Indicators for CPA Small Branches

For further information about the 38th CPA Small Branches Conference workshops please email CPC@cpahq.org

Theme and topics for the 7th triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference

CWP Conference Theme: #BreaktheBias: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow

The 7th triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference will be held in the margins of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Halifax, Canada.

  • CWP Workshop A: Empowering Women Parliamentarians and Promoting Diversity/Intersectionality
  • CWP Workshop B: Effectively Combating all forms of Abuse and Harassment in Parliament
  • CWP Workshop C: Financial Empowerment of Women and Gender-Sensitive Budgeting
  • CWP Workshop D: Promoting Gender-Sensitive Parliaments Post-Pandemic

For further information about the CWP Conference workshops please email CPC@cpahq.org

Virtual CPC Workshops

In advance of the formal Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) which is due to be held in Halifax, Canada, the CPA Headquarters Secretariat has delivered two sets of virtual workshops for Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

Each workshop brought together leading experts from private, public, academic, political and international backgrounds.

The first set of Virtual CPC Workshops took place in February and March 2021 - please click here for more information and to view the workshops.

The second set of Virtual CPC Workshops took place in December 2021 and January 2022 - please click here for more information and to view the resources for MPs following the workshops.

If you are interested these Virtual CPC workshops, please contact us at hq.sec@cpahq.org.

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17th CSPOC Africa Region Conference in Rwanda

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65th CPC postponed to 2022
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65th CPC postponed to 2022

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Virtual CPC Workshops
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Virtual CPC Workshops

Over 200 Commonwealth MPs and international experts examine universal challenges faced by democracies worldwide in a series of virtual workshops.

CPA Executive Committee meet virtually
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CPA Executive Committee meet virtually

The CPA Executive Committee held its first fully virtual meeting in August 2020.

Past Conferences

The following CPA Branches have hosted Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences in recent years:
2019 Uganda - 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)

 

 

One of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians took place from 22 to 29 September 2019 at the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the CPA Uganda Branch and the Parliament of Uganda. The conference was hosted by the CPA President Designate (2018-2019), Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda.

The main conference theme was: ‘Adaption, engagement, and evolution of parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth’. 

The CPA flagship event brought together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity. The CPC offered the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership of Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff to address the critical issues facing today’s Parliaments.

With the ever increasing focus on greater scrutiny of Parliamentarians and the overall public trust deficit in Parliaments, the CPA’s annual conference also offered the opportunity for Members to benefit from professional development, supportive learning and the sharing of best practice with colleagues from Commonwealth Parliaments together with the participation of leading international organisations.

During the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there were also a number of additional conferences and meetings including: 37th CPA Small Branches Conference; 6th triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference; 64th CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; and the Society of Clerks at the Table (SOCATT) meetings. This year, the conference held elections for the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), the CPA Treasurer and the CPA Small Branches Chairperson for new three-year terms.

 


Related Resources

64th CPC Conference Programme

Conference Concluding Statement

The Parliamentarian: 64th CPC Issue

The Parliamentarian: Uganda Supplement

Click for images from 64th CPC 

 


Keynote Speeches

 

2017 Bangladesh - 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)

One of the largest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians took place in November 2017 at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) hosted by the CPA Bangladesh Branch and the Parliament of Bangladesh. The annual flagship event brought together over 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decisionmakers from across the Commonwealth for this unique conference and networking opportunity. The CPC offered the prospect of the coming together of the CPA’s global membership to address the critical issues facing today’s parliaments.

With the ever increasing focus on greater scrutiny of Parliamentarians and the overall public trust deficit in Parliaments, the CPA’s annual conference offered the opportunity for Members to benefit from professional development, supportive learning and the sharing of best practice with colleagues from Commonwealth Parliaments together with the participation of leading international organisations. The overall main conference theme for the 63rd CPC was ‘Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of Parliamentarians’.

The CPA President and outgoing Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh, hosted the 63rd CPC, which took place from 1 to 8 November 2017 (inclusive of arrival and departure dates) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is the annual conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the conference was a critical year for the CPA as Members elected their new Chairperson for a three year term. 

The conference programme included two plenaries and eight workshops, with some workshops including presentations by experts from international organisations. Included in the workshops was one selected by the Host Branch, one on a Gender-related theme and one topic from the topics submitted by Small Branches.

Workshops were held during the conference on a wide range of topics including the role of Parliamentarians in building stronger ties within Commonwealth; giving voice to the youth: mechanisms for ensuring effective participation of the youth in the governance process; how can CPA Members work with their own governments in ensuring that the SDG goals have a proper gender lens, to ensure success in the areas of alleviating poverty and women’s empowerment; small jurisdictions and big problems: Logistics and infrastructure challenges.

During the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, there were also be a number of additional conferences and meetings including: 36th Small Branches Conference; meetings of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP); CPA Executive Committee; CPA General Assembly including the Election of the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee.

 


Related Resources

Conference Concluding Statement for 63rd CPC

The Parliamentarian: 63rd CPC Issue

The Parliamentarian: Bangladesh Supplement

2016 Hosted by CPA Headquarters Secretariat - 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)
2015 Executive Committee hosted by CPA Headquarters Secretariat in United Kingdom* - 61st General Assembly**
2014 Cameroon - 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)
2013 South Africa - 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)
2012 Sri Lanka - 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)
2011 United Kingdom - 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)
2010 Kenya - 56th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)

History of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)

History of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)

Download a history of the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and a full list of host Branches for the conference.