During the week of 16th April, leaders will attend working sessions to discuss shared global challenges, attend a dinner hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace and gather at Windsor Castle for the Leaders’ Retreat - a day when leaders engage in frank dialogue and set the course for future Commonwealth co-operation.
In the run-up to the meeting at the end of the week, leaders’ discussions will be informed and enriched by a variety of events. These will centre on the forums for ‘people’, ‘business’, ‘women’ and ‘youth’.
The week will also see the UK succeed Malta as ‘Chair-In-Office” of the Commonwealth until 2020.
The summit’s theme is: ‘Towards a common future’ and is focused on building on the strengths of the Commonwealth to ensure this unique organisation is responsive to global challenges and delivers a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all its citizens, particularly its young people.
The future of the Commonwealth depends on its one billion young people and the summit's priorities will have a strong youth focus.
The summit will aim to build links between countries to offer young people access to knowledge and skills; and give them a voice on key issues such as democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Across the Commonwealth, member states face common challenges: weak global trade and investment flows; new cross-border security threats; the effects of climate change on small and other vulnerable states; threats to our shared values of democracy, good governance and inclusivity as set out in the Commonwealth Charter.
The Commonwealth’s various constituencies – be it the Commonwealth Secretariat, its members or its myriad of organisations and networks – mean it is uniquely placed to respond to these challenges.
At the summit, leaders will come together to focus on delivering: