A Joint Message from the Speaker and Lord Speaker
As joint hosts of the 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, as President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and as President of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians it gives us great pleasure to welcome delegates, observers, accompanying persons and presenters to the CPC 2011 website.
We also look forward to welcoming you to the United Kingdom, to London and to the Mother of Parliaments in July for this very special conference of Commonwealth parliamentarians from national, state, provincial and Overseas Territories’ legislatures. The conference, with its theme of “Reinforcing Democracy” will enable colleagues to discuss substantial issues which, 100 years on from the founding of our original Association, impact upon us all and those whom we represent.
2011 also marks the 100th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day and the Commonwealth theme of “Women as Agents of Change” will form part of the substance we shall discuss in July in our determination to reinforce democracy.
The world faces tremendous challenges and opportunities from change; there is hunger for democracy. We parliamentarians in the Commonwealth have a duty to play our full part and we look forward to our important work throughout CPC 2011.
A Message from Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, Chair of the CPA UK Executive Committee
As the Chair of the CPA UK Executive Committee and the CPC 2011 Steering Committee, welcome to the CPC 2011 website. My colleagues and I hope that the information it contains will facilitate your attendance at the 57th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference which the British Houses of Parliament look forward to hosting in July. All members of the CPA UK team are here to help.
Registration for CPC 2011 will be on-line. Our dedicated CPC 2011 team, together with the CPA HQ/Secretariat, will provide the focal point for advice and guidance for those attending CPC 2011.
In 2011 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of both the founding of the original Association and International Women’s Day. It is our hope that CPC 2011 with its theme of “Reinforcing Democracy” will encourage and assist the CPA in charting its way forward: better programmes and services for CPA members in an Association fit for purpose in the 21st Century. Our conference in July will be designed to focus on ensuring that the CPA will deliver excellence in the next 100 years.