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About the Scottish Parliament

International connections

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, public engagement is currently suspended.

This is to try to reduce the risk to the essential staff who work at the Parliament.

This means:

  • the Parliament building is closed to the public
  • all International Relations Office supported visits are postponed

Find out more about the Parliament's response to Covid-19


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International organisations

The Scottish Parliament is a member of the:

  • Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
  • British Irish Parliamentary Assembly

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)

The CPA consists of national, provincial, state and territorial parliaments across the Commonwealth. It:

  • promotes knowledge and understanding about parliamentary democracy
  • supports good leadership, democracy and human rights

Members of the Scottish Parliament are all members of the CPA Scotland Branch. There are 9 CPA Branches, divided by geographic regions, and each region has its own programme of activities.

The Scotland Branch is part of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region.

The Scotland Branch leaders are:

The Scotland Branch Executive Committee members are:

Read the CPA Scotland Branch Annual Report 2018-2019 (832KB pdf)

For previous annual reports, papers and information about the work of the CPA Scotland Branch please email: IRO@parliament.scot

Learn more about the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)

The CWP is part of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. It was formed to:

  • increase the number of female elected representatives in parliaments across the Commonwealth
  • ensure that women’s issues are discussed in parliamentary debate and legislation

Scottish Parliament members of the CWP are:

Learn more about the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA)

The BIPA discuss issues of concern and interest between political representatives in Britain and Ireland.

The Scottish Parliament members are:

Learn more about the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly