COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1911, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) exists to develop, promote and support parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth parliaments and legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance.
The CPA’s 180 branches are divided into nine CPA regions: Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and the Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic; India; Pacific; and South‑East Asia. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, is the Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and the position of Vice-Patron is reserved for the head of state or government of the CPA branch hosting the next plenary conference (at present, Canada).
Parliaments, their members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities including: annual Commonwealth parliamentary conferences and regional conferences; professional development courses; interparliamentary visits; parliamentary seminars and thematic workshops; and publications such as The Parliamentarian, which is the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments. Networks include CPA Small Branches, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities. Visit www.cpahq.org for further information.