Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and Commonwealth Summit 2018
'Towards a Common Future'
16 to 20 April 2018

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings and Commonwealth Summit 2018 took place in London and Windsor, United Kingdom from 16 to 20 April 2018. The theme of the summit was 'Towards our Common Future' which is linked to the theme for Commonwealth Day 2018.

Commonwealth Parliamentarians participated in four associated Commonwealth Forums ahead of the CHOGM 2018 along with over 5,000 people from parliament, government, business and civil society. Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) including the CPA Chairperson, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP (Cameroon) and CPA Officers as well as the CPA Secretary-General participated in the Summit, the Forums and other events which took place. 

CPA Secretary-General, Akbar Khan said: “CHOGM 2018 will deliver better global outcomes for the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens, 60% of whom are under the age of 30 by all parts of the Commonwealth family working more closely together towards a common future. Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association representing over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures and 17,000 Parliamentarians across the Commonwealth have been at the heart of the discussions taking place at key Forums and side events. The CPA brought its unique perspective to CHOGM 2018 through focusing on the key role that Parliamentarians can and do play in every aspect of a nation’s life to bring transformational change to Commonwealth citizens’ lives.”

Images of these events can be accessed at our Flickr page click here.

Special issue of The Parliamentarian - Pre-CHOGM 2018 issue: A special issue of the CPA's flagship publication, The Parliamentarian has been published featuring articles by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, UK Commonwealth Minister, Parliamentarians and representatives of many Commonwealth organisations. For more information about this issue please click here.

For further information about the Commonwealth Summit please visit www.chogm2018.org.uk.


CPA news at CHOGM 2018

Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth and Patron of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association opens CHOGM 2018            
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace to mark the start of two days of meetings with 53 Commonwealth leaders, both in London and at Windsor Castle. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was represented at the opening ceremony of the CHOGM 2018 at Buckingham Palace by the Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan, who also attended many meetings and events during the week. At the 2018 CHOGM, the CPA Secretary-General presented to the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meetings on behalf of the Commonwealth Associated Organisations (AOs). Heads of all 53 Commonwealth nations met under the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’ and discussed how member states will work even closer together on sustainability, fairness, security and prosperity. Member states also discussed ways of collaborating to tackle the threat of climate change.  

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians contribute to CHOGM 2018 and associated Commonwealth Forums in London, UK            
Commonwealth Parliamentarians including the CPA Chairperson, CPA Vice-President, CPA Treasurer, CPA Small Branches Chairperson and CPA Secretary-General participated in four associated Commonwealth Forums which took place ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom from 16 to 20 April 2018. The CPA also attended a number of events connected with the CHOGM 2018.

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Gender equality and overcoming barriers to political participation emphasised at 2018 Commonwealth Women's Forum           
The 2018 Commonwealth Women's Forum has emphasised women's positive political, economic and societal contributions ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in the United Kingdom. The three-day Commonwealth Women’s Forum (CWF) saw many Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) speaking at the forum on a wide range of issues.

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Importance of separation of powers to ensure effective governance highlighted at 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum           
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta spoke about the importance of the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy at a workshop session at 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum. The CPA Small Branches Chairperson also highlighted the CPA’s role in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers and the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures.

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Youth delegates highlight the importance of their contribution for the future of the Commonwealth at the 2018 Commonwealth Youth Forum           
The Commonwealth Youth Forum brought together over 500 youth delegates including CPA youth programme participants to engage in planning, capacity-building and a General Assembly where they finalised their priorities on youth-led action in development and elected their new Commonwealth Youth Council. 

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians contribute to CHOGM 2018 London, UK           
Commonwealth Parliamentarians are participating in four associated Commonwealth Forums taking place this week at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in London and Windsor, United Kingdom from 16 to 20 April 2018. Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) including the CPA Chairperson, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP (Cameroon) and CPA Officers are participating in the Summit and the Forums and other events taking place. 

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