The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Acting Secretary-General, Mr Jarvis Matiya has delivered the keynote address at a global online webinar titled 'Vanguards in the 21st century: Optimising Commonwealth Networks’.

The CPA Acting Secretary-General highlighted the key role that Commonwealth organisations play in the international community and the role of the CPA as the parliamentary wing of the Commonwealth in connecting over 180 Parliaments and Legislatures. He said:

“Through the ongoing work of the Commonwealth, citizens can reap the benefits that come from positive dialogue and engagement on issues of democracy, good governance, human rights and socio-economic development. Through collaboration, consultation and speaking with one common voice, the Commonwealth is truly a global force for good, bringing a richness of its diversity and geographical reach to solve issues and identify new opportunities.”

Click HERE to view the online webinar.

The CPA Acting Secretary-General’s keynote address can be read HERE.

The online webinar was held as part of a series hosted by Global Policy Insights (GPI) and The Ramphal Institute and the session featured a panel discussion on the Commonwealth’s pivotal networks as they partner with each other and their national counterparts to deliver upon the Commonwealth's priorities. 

Guest panellists included:

  • Mr Uday Nagaraju, Executive President, Global Policy Insights, Project Director, The Commonwealth Project
  • Mr David Gomez, Director, The Ramphal Institute
  • Ms Anne T. Gallagher, Director General, Commonwealth Foundation
  • Dr Greg Munro, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)
  • Dr Nicholas Watts, Chair, Independent Forum of Commonwealth Organisations (IFCO).

Find out more about the webinar series hosted by Global Policy Insights (GPI) and The Ramphal Institute.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 109th year, 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.