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 will take place in London and Windsor, United Kingdom from 16 to 20 April 2018. The theme will be 'Towards our Common Future' which is linked to the theme for Commonwealth Day 2018.

The four sub-themes of the summit include:
A more sustainable future – climate change and its impact, protecting the environment and increasing the resilience of the Commonwealth.
A fairer future – the promotion and protection of the Commonwealth’s democratic principles and the Commonwealth Charter’s shared vision of democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law to which we all subscribe. 
A more secure future – the unprecedented security threats we face in the 21st century. The challenges of terrorism, serious organised crime, cyber crime, violent extremism and human trafficking ignore borders and can only be addressed by increased multilateral action and cooperation. 
A more prosperous future – the diversity of the Commonwealth, including many of the largest and smallest economies in the world. 

Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will be participating in the summit and the forums and events taking place alongside the main meetings.

Commonwealth Women's Forum 2018
The 2018 Commonwealth Women's Forum will reflect on some of the global challenges still faced by women, as part of a wider commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ in the Commonwealth journey to achieving gender equality by 2030. The Commonwealth Women's Forum will draw international delegates from the Commonwealth and globally to highlight women's positive political, economic and societal contributions and establish how women and girls will be key to building sustainable and resilient societies. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s (CPA) focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 is highlighted most clearly in the work undertaken by the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) in its mission for greater representation of women in Legislatures. As part of this body of work the CWP will deliver a session at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum titled ‘Women’s Political Participation at All Levels’ on Monday 16 April 2018, in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum and the CPA UK Branch. For more information about this workshop please click here.

Commonwealth People's Forum 2018
The Commonwealth People’s Forum brings together civic voices from around the world to debate key issues facing Commonwealth people. The Commonwealth People's Forum is the single largest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues and the event this year will see CPA Members including the CPA Small Branches Chairperson engaging with civil society.

Commonwealth Youth Forum 2018
The future of the Commonwealth depends on its one billion young people. The Commonwealth Youth Forum provides an opportunity for the young people of the Commonwealth to build cross-cultural connections and networks, debate the challenges facing its young people, and agree youth-led initiatives to influence decision makers and ensure young people have a voice in its future. This year's Commonwealth Youth Forum will see young people who have participated in the Commonwealth Youth Parliament and CPA Commonwealth Day Youth Programme take part.

Commonwealth Business Forum 2018
The Commonwealth Advantage - with its shared values, regulatory systems and language - has the potential to increase intra-Commonwealth trade by 20% and can reduce the cost of doing business between member countries by up to 19%. The Commonwealth Business Forum will be held in the City of London and Westminster and will be addressed by many CPA Members who are Business Ministers and global business leaders.

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.

For further details of all of the CPA activities please contact the CPA Headquarters Secretariat via hq.sec@cpahq.org.