Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

It is with deep sadness that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has learnt of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the CPA Patron and Head of the Commonwealth.

Federal Parliament elects new President and Speaker

As one of their first orders of business, the recently formed 47th Parliament elected a new Senate President and House Speaker during the first sitting day earlier this year.

CPwD network reaffirms its priority of promoting disability inclusion in Parliaments as it releases its new three-year strategic plan

The Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network has published the CPwD Strategic Plan 2021-2024, setting out its core priorities for the next three years.

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.

Youth Creativity Competition 2021

To commemorate the 110th Anniversary of the CPA, we are launching a new competition targeted at our Commonwealth youth. The competition will be a chance for those up to the age of 18 to show or tell us: “What will Parliaments look like in the next 110 years?”. Entries close on 10 September 2021.

Twin Peeks: A closer look at parliamentary ‘twinning’

Parliamentary twinning is a program that pairs parliaments across the Pacific, but what does that mean in practice? Find out more in this quick overview, as we aim to keep connected to our colleagues in Bougainville and Solomon Islands, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Africa Region discuss the role of African Legislatures in countering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

Speakers and Members of Parliament from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Region met in Nairobi, Kenya from 12 to 18 July 2021 for the 80th CPA Africa Region Executive Committee Meeting.

12 resources for Parliamentarians about the future of technology

From 5th - 9th July 2021, the CPA hosted the Virtual Conference on the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Conference brought together MPs, parliamentary staff, industry leaders and experts to review the transformative technologies that are driving the 4th Industrial Revolution and to prepare our democratic institutions to better respond to these advances.

CWP Roundtable: Gender Sensitive Parliaments in the 21st Century

The CWP is an active advocate for the representation of women in Parliament, seeking to ensure parliaments are gender-sensitive institutions. In 2020, the CWP published a new set of guidelines, titled CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines: Standards and a Checklist for Parliamentary Change, to highlight the importance of gender sensitising across all parliaments in the Commonwealth. This work sought to update the previous work developed by the CPA in 2001. The CPA worked with Prof. Sarah Childs, a leading expert in this field in developing this updated resource.

Parliamentary tributes take place in Cameroon for the late Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson

This week, the Members of the National Assembly of Cameroon have been paying tribute to the late Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon who passed away on 20 April 2021.

CPA launches its new Parliamentary Academy

CPA HQ has launched a portfolio of parliamentary professional development courses as part of the new CPA Parliamentary Academy: A Centre of Excellence for Commonwealth Parliamentarians. The Academy has been developed for the benefit of the CPA’s membership of 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures.

New CPA Strategic Plan 2022-2025 launched

The CPwD network supports Parliamentarians with disabilities to be more effective in their roles and to help improve awareness of disability issues amongst all Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.