The Commonwealth People’s Forum theme for 2013 was 'Equitable growth and inclusive development: beyond 2015'. The CPF 2013 was organised by the Commonwealth Foundation, hosted by a consortium of Sri Lankan civil society organisations with support from the Government of Sri Lanka. Held every two years in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the forums bring civil society representatives together to discuss key issues facing the Commonwealth. They are the single biggest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues.
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. These were further debated at CPF 2013 and presented in the form of a declaration to Foreign Ministers at the CHOGM on 16 November, 2013. Delegates also had 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