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29 November 2017
Madame Christine St-Pierre, Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, met with UK MPs to discuss the future of the UK’s relationship with Canada and Québec on Wednesday 29 November.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) facilitated meetings that covered trade, culture and academic cooperation, and provided the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie an insight into how the UK Parliament is preparing for the UK’s departure from the European Union.READ MORE
21 November 2017
An Induction Programme for newly elected Members of the Legislative Assembly in the Falkland Islands took place from 21-23 November to enable them to build knowledge and practical skills for their roles.
A delegation of parliamentarians and officials from Alderney, Guernsey, Scotland and the UK facilitated the workshop in Stanley, which was organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) in partnership with the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly.READ MORE
20 November 2017
The Chair, Vice Chair, Members, and Clerk of the Public Accounts Committee of St Helena will visit the Isle of Man and Westminster from 27 – 30 November for a capacity-building programme organised by CPA UK.
In addition to observing evidence sessions of the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of Tynwald and the UK Parliament, the four-day programme offers opportunities for direct exchanges with UK Members of both Houses, committee clerks and officials, representatives of the UK National Audit Office, and other relevant stakeholders. Sharing experience and good practice around crucial committee work, such as the preparation of inquiries and evidence sessions, will build the skills and capacity of the entire committee. The programme has been tailored to the requirements of the Chair, Vice Chair, Members, and Clerk with a view to strengthen the PAC upon their return to St Helena.READ MORE
08 November 2017
10 UK MPs and Peers will visit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on 8 November as part of a visit to strengthen ties with Bangladesh and explore the relief efforts from the international community as it searches for a resolution to the issue.
The visit follows a call for urgent action by Commonwealth Parliamentarians to the international community on 7 November and a briefing by the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka. UK Parliamentarians will explore the response and coordination from the international community and the valuable contributions from DfID, as part of Parliament's responsibility to scrutinise effectively.
The visit, which has been welcomed by UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee in Bangladesh, will better inform the cross-party delegation of MPs and Peers about the crisis and the humanitarian response to help the 600,000 refugees that have fled from Myanmar.
The visit has been arranged by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) with the UK Parliament. Both are committed to contributing to sustainable development and supporting good governance and human rights in Bangladesh.READ MORE
02 November 2017
A delegation of international parliamentarians and clerks will participate in a workshop in Montserrat from 8-10 November 2017 on parliamentary oversight of public funds. The Workshop - as part of the UK Overseas Territories Project - will enable Parliamentarians and Clerks from the Montserrat Legislative Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, Tynwald in the Isle of Man, and the Parliament of Jamaica to share their experiences with their counterparts and build their effectiveness.
At the launch of the project in Miami in March 2017, Montserrat Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chair, Hon. to Easton Taylor-Farrell MLA, highlighted an opportunity to support the PAC in developing its role in providing public financial scrutiny. PACs are a crucial aspect of public life in giving accountability for how taxpayer’s money is spent and Members of PACs are uniquely placed to represent their constituents and ensure they are getting value for money.READ MORE
25 October 2017
A group of newly elected Members of the Tynwald will visit the UK Parliament for a 3-day Westminster familiarisation programme this week to develop working relationships with their Westminster counterparts.
The programme will cover a wide variety of topics including the current political landscape in Westminster, the role of Select Committees, the daily procedure in the House of Commons and the work of the UK Public Accounts Committee.
Organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), the 9 Tynwald Members will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with UK parliamentary procedures from 25 to 27 October.READ MORE
24 October 2017
Would you like to be one of a small group of people given the opportunity to put forward your views on 21st Century international affairs in UK Parliament's House of LordsChamber?
As part of its outreach programme, the House of Lords opens the Chamber once a year to non-members for a debate. This year it will take place on Friday 1 December 2017.READ MORE
24 October 2017
CPA UK hosted the report launch following a study visit by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The study visit to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations from 18-20 July 2017 was funded by CPA UK’s Fellowship Scheme.
The report includes 3 recommendations to UK Government and Parliament on reporting progress on implementation of the goals, stakeholder engagement and scrutinising implementation.READ MORE
17 October 2017
Commonwealth Parliamentarians meet to Reinvigorate the Commonwealth
150 members of parliament from across the Commonwealth will convene in London to engage in a new Forum specifically for Parliamentarians ahead of the UK-hosted Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018, more commonly known as CHOGM.
The Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Forum organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) will take place from 26 February-1 March 2018. Parliamentarians will examine the CHOGM theme – ‘Towards a Common Future’ – and the four main goals:
They will then return to their capitals better able to inform and influence their governments ahead of CHOGM itself, taking place in London from 16-18 April 2018.READ MORE
12 October 2017
Later this year, Commonwealth lawmakers will take part in a Legislative Drafting Seminar which will provide them with practical advice and support to replicate the Modern Slavery Act.
The Seminar, along with this new and engaging animation, is part of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK’s) Modern Slavery Project which links up parliamentarians from the Commonwealth to explore how best to combat modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour.
The Project was established last year with funding from the Home Office. It has already organised regional workshops for the Africa and Asia-Pacific Regions.READ MORE
04 October 2017
Mr Ronald Maclennan Baird, the recently appointed Clerk to the Public Accounts Committee of the Falkland Islands, will visit the Isle of Man and Westminster from 9-12 October for a familiarisation programme organised by CPA UK.
In addition to observing evidence sessions of the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) of Tynwald and the UK Parliament, the four-day programme offers opportunities to meet Clerks to the PAC and other committees. Sharing experience and good practice around crucial committee work such as the preparation and launch of inquiries will build the skills and capacity of the visiting Clerk. These developed skills and expanded capacity will directly benefit the PAC upon his return to the Falkland Islands.READ MORE
19 July 2017
A series of workshops on modern slavery, which brought together around 70 parliamentarians from 13 countries, has seen a significant increase in understanding and a greater commitment to combating human trafficking and exploitation from legislators.
Organised by CPA UK, the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop and the Africa Regional Workshop highlighted some of the causes and consequences of modern slavery, which claims an estimated 45.8 million victims worldwide.READ MORE