Councillor Christine Scipio-O’Dean will depart the Island on Thursday, 17 November 2016, to attend the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC), which will run from Sunday 11 December to Saturday 17 December 2016, in London, UK. Councillor Cruyff Buckley, who is currently in the UK attending the 65th Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice & Procedure, will also attend the 62nd CPC.
Councillor Scipio-O’Dean will be attending the 62nd CPC as an alternate member of the CPA Executive Committee, in the place of Councillor Derek Thomas. She will also have opportunities to attend the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian Steering Conference Meeting.
The overall theme of the 62nd CPC is ‘A collaborative Commonwealth: Unity, Diversity & Common Challenges’.
During the conference, there will be a number of additional conferences and meetings including the CPA Executive Committee, the CPA General Assembly, the 35th Small Branches Conference, and the 4th Triennial Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference.
Councillors Scipio-O’Dean and Buckley will have the opportunity to attend different sessions covering topics such as:
- The role of the Commonwealth in supporting the outcomes of the COP21 Paris Agreement on Climate Change
- The role of Parliament in the protection and safeguarding of children
- Eliminating barriers to women’s leadership in politics in Small Branches
- The role the media plays in public mistrust of Parliamentarians
Councillors Scipio-O’Dean and Buckley will return to St Helena on 10 January 2017.
16 November 2016