CPA Parliamentary staff development programme in Canada with McGill University enhances skills for Commonwealth Parliaments and Parliamentarians

Parliamentary staff from 14 Commonwealth Parliaments have undertaken a staff development programme at McGill University, Montreal, Canada which has been organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in collaboration with McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies. Created in response to the voiced needs of parliamentary staff, Programme Coordinator, Professor Rick Stapenhurst from McGill University officially opened the residency seminar and described the programme as “a unique tool that builds on the skills and capacity of senior parliamentary staff to help them better serve their Parliaments.”

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians should play a key role in supporting international humanitarian law’ says CPA Secretary-General at Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Conference in Rwanda

The CPA Secretary-General was speaking at the 5th Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) held from 10 to 14 June 2019 at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. The conference was held on the theme of Celebrating the Geneva Conventions and building respect for IHL: A Commonwealth Perspective in the light of both the 70th anniversaries of the Geneva Conventions and of the ‘modern’ Commonwealth in 2019.

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