CPA UK runs and participates in a number of large-scale events and projects on a multilateral basis in Westminster and with partner parliaments.
Key features of the Conferences and Projects’ programme each year include the Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure and the Westminster Workshop series. The series aims at providing Members of Parliament from across the Commonwealth with practical knowledge and skills in parliamentary practice and procedure, enabling them to be more effective in their work. This year's Westminster Seminar will take place in November; further details will be available in due course. Reports of previous years' Seminars and Workshops are available in the resources section of the website.
CPA UK also holds annual international parliamentary conferences (IPC) exploring the engagement of parliamentarians with themes relating to international development, human rights, global governance, women in Parliament, energy and climate change and many more. Working with a multitude of international partners including the World Bank and UNDP, issues are explored with Members of Parliament, leading academics and experts from across the globe. The most recent, IPC held from 14-17 March 2016, focused on sustainability, energy and development. The next IPC will be in March 2017. More information on this and other past interparliamentary conferences is available here.
We also contribute to a number of other initiatives, including supporting the Houses of Parliament in marking the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 2015 with our international event on Human Rights in the Modern Day Commonwealth; Magna Carta to Commonwealth Charter, held 3-6 February 2015. The report and supporting materials can be found here.
Monday 03 April 2017
CPA UK, in consortium with the UK National Audit Office (NAO) and the UK Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA), is working with the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) to manage and implement a three year project on public financial oversight.
Monday 13 November 2017
Venue: Houses of Parliament, London
The annual Westminster Seminar is CPA UK’s flagship capacity-building programme for first-term parliamentarians and newly appointed procedural/committee Clerks from across the Commonwealth. Every year the five-day programme provides a unique platform for participants to network and engage with counterparts; exploring differing approaches to parliamentary democracy, practice and procedure in the context of the Westminster System and comparative Commonwealth parliamentary structures. This year CPA UK will host the 2017 Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure from Monday 13 November – Friday 17 November 2017 at the Houses of Parliament in London. For further information, please contact the 2017 Westminster Seminar Project Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 04 December 2017
Venue: Attlee Suite, Houses of Parliament, Westminster
From 2011, CPA UK's series of capacity building Westminster Workshops have explored the role of parliamentarians and parliamentary Public Accounts Committees (PACs) in financial oversight, providing practical training and knowledge to Commonwealth PACs. CPA UK will host the 2017 Westminster Workshop for Chairs and Members of Public Accounts Committees from 4 - 6 December 2017, developed and delivered in partnership with the UK Public Accounts Committee. The skills based Workshop will take place over three days, offering practical, interactive sessions to build the capacity of participating Chairs. Members and Clerks of Commonwealth Public Accounts Committees.
Monday 11 December 2017
Venue: Houses of Parliament, London
CPA UK will host a Legislative Drafting Seminar from 11-15 December 2017 at the Houses of Parliament in London. The aim of the seminar will be to provide parliamentarians and legislative drafters with practical advice and support in relation to the drafting and amending of modern slavery/human trafficking/forced labour legislation. Through a series of technical workshop sessions, delegates will share knowledge with one another and collaborate with experts to analyse what makes legislation effective. By the end of the seminar delegates will use this information to help facilitate well-informed policymaking and more potent legislative drafting in their jurisdictions to tackle the scourge of modern slavery/human trafficking/forced labour.