The theme for this year's conference, Reinforcing Democracy, was chosen by the CPA International Executive Committee at their February meeting held in the Yukon
What does it mean?
As 2011 marks the centenary of the founding of the Association, the centennial conference provides a perfect opportunity to examine the CPA’s role in reinforcing democracy over the next century. Workshops and plenary debates linked to this theme will help identify new ways to strengthen parliamentary democracy, aid the advancement of democratic governance and the development of good policy practices; build stable governments and deepen the Commonwealth’s democratic commitment.
The 2011 Commonwealth Day theme of 'Women as Agents of Change' also reflects the idea of reinforcing democracy, with particular focus on gender equality and female participation in the parliamentary and democratic process.
How was it chosen?
The title for this year’s theme was proposed by the CPA UK based on the submission from UK Parliamentarians to the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group. The CPA UK’s proposal was endorsed by the CPA International Executive Committee at its meeting in the Yukon.
B. Parliaments and Reform - Raising the Benchmarks
C. Commonwealth Initiatives in Handling Migration Issues
D. Enhancing Good Governance and Accountability: Improving Standards of Probity and Performance
E. The World Economy and Obstacles Facing the Commonwealth
F. Women as Agents of Change: Where Are We Now? The Way Forward
G. Technological Threats to International, National and Personal Security
H. The Role of Parliamentarians in Advancing the Transfer of Agricultural Technology and Research
Closing Plenary themes
Centennial Plenary: Reinforcing Democracy
Final Plenary: Commonwealth Parliaments - Progress and Challenges.