Action on gender equality core to success of the Commonwealth, says Secretary-General

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has pledged to be a champion for women and girls, stating that the fight for gender equality is central to delivering the global goals on development, governance, human rights and climate change. Read here for more information.

Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria appointed as Special Adviser for Zambian elections

The Commonwealth's Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has announced the appointment of Professor Ibrahim Gambari as her Special
Adviser on Political Dialogue to support the Electoral Commission of Zambia ahead of the country's general elections and referendum, scheduled for 11
August 2016. For more information read here

Compendium of good practice caps Commonwealth Electoral Network conference

Electoral commissions from thirty-nine countries have welcomed the announcement of a new Commonwealth compendium of good practice to assist
member countries in delivering fair, credible and inclusive elections. For more information, read here

Commonwealth launches legal resource on violence against women

The Commonwealth will launch the first ever resource in East Africa to provide legal benchmarks on dealing with cases of violence against women.The
cutting-edge publication, which will be launched on 29 June in Nairobi, Kenya, establishes what constitutes violence against women and girls and how
the judiciary can apply national laws in the context of international human rights laws.Nearly 40 participants will attend the launch - many will be

Petauke Constituency Office awarded as Second (2nd) Best Exhibitor

Petauke District Agriculture and Commercial Show Society (PDACSS) held the 2016 Agriculture and Commercial Show from Friday 10thJune – Saturday 11thJune at Show grounds Market under the theme: “Managing Environment for Growth”.
The Petauke Agriculture and Commercial Show attracted various exhibitors from different sectors, among them individuals; Groups/Clubs/Co-operatives; Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs); Government Departments and Institutions; Agro-Dealers and Seed Companies.

Hon Mubukwanu urges parley staff to be professional

The Provincial Minister for Southern Province, Hon Nathaniel Mubukwanu has urged Parliamentary Staff to be professional and non-partisan in the way they carry out their duties.

NAZ employees applauded

The Deputy Clerk (Administration) of the National Assembly, Mrs. C N Mbewe has thanked all the National Assembly of Zambia (NAZ) employees for their hard work and commitment to duty and said that each one of them is important and deserved to be awarded. She said this when NAZ commemorated the Labour Day on 24th June, 2016 at Parliament Buildings under the theme “Celebrating the International Labour Movement”.

India offers fully-funded training courses to Commonwealth citizens

The Government of India is giving Commonwealth citizens the opportunity to attend fully-funded training courses across a range of areas, including
rural development, IT, telecommunications and renewable energy, in association with the Commonwealth Secretariat. For more information click here

Kenyan Chief Justice Mutunga appointed as Commonwealth Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Maldives

Today (20th June, 2016) the Commonwealth announced that Dr Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice of Kenya, will take up the role of the Secretary-General's Special Envoy to
Maldives. The appointment was made at the request of the Government of Maldives.Over the last few years, the Commonwealth has become increasingly
concerned about the political situation in the country. This has included the arrest and detention of senior political figures, constriction of space

IPU Press Briefing notes

Geneva, 27 May 2016

1) MPs from Middle East to work together on critical water issue
2) IPU Committee to undertake Syria refugee mission in Lebanon

MPs from Middle East to work together on critical water issue - Members of Parliament from the Middle East, including Israel and Palestine, will take
part in a round-table event next week to seek solutions to the critical issue of Middle East water resources.