THE next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in Rwanda in June 2020, with the theme: Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.
The meeting was officially launched this week in a video message from President Paul Kagame of Rwanda who said: ‘It will be a great pleasure to welcome leaders of the Commonwealth when they gather in Kigali. We will work hard to make everybody feel Rwanda is an extension of their home.
‘The distinctive aspect of CHOGM 2020 will be connectivity including what young people can do with technology to create vibrant societies and develop our economies.’
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland noted: ‘I think the youth demographic we have now is a real opportunity. It’s going to be a very exciting chance for us to enable our young people to develop and deploy the skills they need so they can fulfil their potential.
‘By connecting, innovating and transforming, the Commonwealth opens up scope for mobilising the talent of people of all ages and backgrounds.’
Leaders from all 53 Commonwealth countries are expected to attend the meeting, which will take place at the Kigali Convention Centre during the fourth week of June.
Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT & Innovation, Youth, Energy and Environment, and Trade.
Building on progress since CHOGM 2018 in London, leaders are expected to discuss ways the contemporary Commonwealth can transform societies, in accordance with Commonwealth Charter values of democracy, multilateralism, sustainable development, and empowerment of women and youth.
As well as the meeting of heads of government, the week will include a meeting of foreign ministers and forums to engage young people, civil society, women and the business community.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent states of which 31 are small states, many of which are island nations.
It is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries with more than 60 per cent of the population under the age of 30.