The Commonwealth People’s Forum theme this year is 'Equitable growth and inclusive development: beyond 2015'. The CPF 2013 is organised by the Commonwealth Foundation, hosted by a consortium of Sri Lankan civil society organisations with support from the Government of Sri Lanka. It is the single biggest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues. Held every two years in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), it brings civil society representatives together to discuss key issues facing the Commonwealth.
Prior to CPF 2013, a series of regional consultations were undertaken with civil society to help develop a Commonwealth Agenda for Development – contributing to the post-2015 MDG framework. This will be further debated at CPF 2013 and presented in the form of a declaration to Foreign Ministers at the CHOGM to be held on 16 November, 2013. Delegates will also have the opportunity to take part in a series of Learning Journeys, visiting community projects and organisations in Sri Lanka.
Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Garvin Nicholas has issued an ardent call for greater interaction among Commonwealth Associated Organisations and Civil Society Organisations with Ministers and the Commonwealth Secretariat.Read full article