35th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 2016
Australia & Pacific Regional Conference
28-30 November 2016
The Honorable Speaker and Clerk of the Legislative Assembly attended a 3 day Conference of the 35th Australia & Pacific Regional CPA Conference which took place in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
The 2016 CPA Conference theme: “Leadership Excellence for the Common Good: Share-Exchange-Act” was initiated from Her Majesty, the Queen’s Commonwealth Day message which emphasized on compassionate efforts to help and develop others by way of open communication.
Honorable Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi, Speaker of the Parliament of Samoa spoke on Media in Samoa, its rules, regulations and the relationship of the media with the Parliament and the Government of Samoa. He also outlined several efforts by the Secretariat to ensure an Open Parliament but highlighted the down sides of too much public access. Nevertheless, he highlighted that the right to access information held by public bodies is a fundamental human right, crucial in its own right and also as a cornerstone of democracy, participation and good governance. To recognize such right he says, will empower members of society as well as strengthen practices of democracy for Parliament.
Workshop for Clerks and Senior Staff 2016
A Workshop for Clerks and Senior Staff was conducted by the Australian Parliament of Canberra on the 15th – 17th November 2016.
The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa, Charlene Malele attended the workshop discussing the benefits of gender equality for the development of different countries and to provide ways to improve and promote a gender-equity environment in workplaces.
The Workshop themed “The Outrigger- navigating the gender equality through Pacific Parliaments as part of the Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Project (PWPP)” aimed to encourage participants to be advocates for gender equality in their workplaces and National Parliaments and promote gender quality as a benefit for all.
Implementing Sustainable Development Goals through a human rights perspective
16 -18 November 2016
Member of Parliament, Lopaoo Natanielu and Associate Minister for Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI), Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli attended a Regional Seminar that was held in Fiji from the 16th to the 18th November 2016.
The Seminar targeted Pacific Parliaments and was organized jointly by the Parliament of Fiji and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The event is part of a series of regional IPU Seminars designed to inform Parliaments of Agenda 2030 which encompasses the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
Associate Minister, MWTI, Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli had the privilege to speak amongst Pacific Parliaments on Women and Gender equality and their impact on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. In identifying the increasing signs of gender stereotyping and the significant number of women being abused at home, nationally, he urged the Government of Samoa to take an immovable stand and an interminable commitment to eradicate such problems against women in Samoa.
Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development
Member of Parliament, Gatoloaifaana Alesana Gidlow attended the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), 11th Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Conference that was held on the 4th – 5th November 2016.
The Conference provided a timely opportunity for both male and female parliamentarians in the region to reflect upon the first year of planning and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this same Conference, the AFPPD rolled out its new research output which contained case studies on good practices of laws and policies to critically examine the entrenched barriers to gender equality and effective interventions to overcome them.
Given Hon. Gidlow’s extensive knowledge and experience in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, she was formally invited by the AFPPD to attend the Conference.
62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC)
London, United Kingdom
The Deputy Speaker represented the Samoan Parliament to the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) held in London, United Kingdom.
The Conference was a one week programme with the theme “A collaborative Commonwealth: Unity, Diversity and Common Challenges”. The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference was held simultaneously with the CPC. Hosts of the event were pleased with the increasing participation of women in Branch delegations for both Conferences.
The CPC and CWP are annual Commonwealth events for Parliamentarians and aim at providing support to developing Parliaments. Samoa has been a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for a number of years.
Asia- Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health
2nd Annual Meeting
Seoul, Republic of Korea
The 2nd Annual Meeting for the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The 2 day meeting is a collective effort by all countries to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment and to ensure that no one is left behind.
The meeting that was organized jointly by the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office, the Korean Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health and some prestigious tertiary institutions focused on getting National Parliaments involved so as to ensure that national commitments to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will progress in each nation through the enactment of legislation, adoption of budgets and ensure accountability.
Participants were given the opportunity to share their experiences on how to more effectively leverage the positions of Parliamentarians and use their powers in achieving the health in SDGs. Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Afoa Vaai, Member of the precedent Samoa Parliamentary Advocacy Group on Healthy Living (SPAGHL) spoke on the role of Parliamentarians in achieving health in sustainable development goals. He explained the inherent roles of the SPAGHL Committee and the various activities that came about, from its commitment to have a Healthy Samoa.
The meeting concluded with a session that discussed a way forward for the Asia- Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health.
Pacific Network of Public Accounts Committees (PaNPAC)
Honiara, Solomon Island
The Pacific Network of Public Accounts Committees (PaNPAC) was held on the 7th-9th of November 2016, Honiara in the Solomon Islands. The workshop was hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association accompanied by the World Bank Group (WBG). Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau, Member of Parliament and Chairperson for the Finance and Expenditure Committee for the Samoan Parliament was amongst the twenty-five participants invited from the Commonwealth Branches in the Pacific Region that took part in the PaNPAC Conference 2016.
The Conference focused on developing learning partnership for the Public Accounts Committees (PAC) of the region. Furthermore, the workshop also aided the participants to verify the areas of good practice for individual authorities of the region as well as the continuous development for the PAC network.