Northern Ireland Assembly Branch

The CPA is an Association of Commonwealth Parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, are united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy.

The Association's mission is to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. It seeks to build an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth's democratic commitment and to further co-operation among its Parliaments and Legislatures. More information on the CPA can be found on the CPAHQ website.

The Northern Ireland Assembly passed a motion on 14 May 2007 to apply for re-admission to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which was passed by the CPA General Assembly at its meeting in September 2007. The CPA has 175 branches in the 54 Commonwealth countries and a membership of around 17000 Parliamentarians. The General Assembly, attended by 500 members, meets each year.

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The video is of the Commonwealth Day 2016 event which took place on 10th March.  The theme for the event was ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ where female representatives from each of the five Commonwealth regions spoke about the importance of inclusivity within communities across Northern Ireland, and the role female leaders have to play. There were also performances from people representing each of these regions.

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