About the Commonwealth Youth Parliament 2011

Working with the CPA Secretariat, CPA UK proudly hosted the fourth CYP from 6-9 September, in the centennial year of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to engaging the younger generation in politics, parliament and the Commonwealth.

Each CPA member parliament had the opportunity to nominate up to two participants within the age-range 18-29; an equal gender balance was a key objective for the event. The week culminated in a keynote debate on climate change, which took place in the House of Lords Chamber on Friday 9 September.

This was only the fourth time that the chamber has been used for anything other than official business, and a landmark first time that Members of the House of Commons have been allowed to sit on the Red Benches.

As well as the 100 or so young parliamentarians from around the Commonwealth, CPA worked closely with the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Outreach Team to invite an additional group of UK-based Commonwealth Diaspora who joined in the keynote debate, as well as youth representatives of the World Bank Institute.