The Commonwealth People's Forum, organised by the Commonwealth Foundation, is the single largest opportunity for civil society to engage with leaders and influence policy.
Inclusive Governance: The Challenge for a Contemporary Commonwealth
The Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) brings together civic voices from around the world to debate key issues facing Commonwealth people.
Held every two years in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the CPF is the single largest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues.
At CHOGM in Malta, Heads of Government noted the consonance of the Foundation’s mission and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 with its emphasis on peaceful and inclusive societies and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
CPF 2018 brings a civic perspective to this discourse, with the central theme being Inclusive Governance: The Challenge for a Contemporary Commonwealth.
Sessions on each of the Forum’s three days focus on a particular theme:
Day 1:‘Leave no one behind’: Exploring Exclusion in the Commonwealth Day 2: Politics of Hope: Taking on Injustice in the Commonwealth Day 3: Accountable Governance: Understanding the Imperatives for a Renewed Commonwealth More than 350 delegates from 53 Commonwealth countries and beyond are expected to attend.
The programme combines panel discussions, in-depth conversations, case studies and creative expression. It provides platforms for voices from across the globe and concludes with a call to action for a contemporary Commonwealth in the context of inclusive, just and accountable governance. The discussion can be followed on Twitter via #CWpeople.
The Commonwealth Foundation is an international organisation established by Heads of Government as testimony to the fact that the Commonwealth is as much an association of peoples as it is of governments.
It is the Commonwealth’s agency for civil society; a unique, stand-alone organisation funded by and reporting to its member states.
Those governments have mandated the Foundation to strengthen people’s participation in all aspects of governance and public dialogue to achieve better development outcomes.