CHOGM – 2015
The Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) – 2015 is being held at Fort St. Angelo in Birgu in Malta. This is the 24th meeting of the Heads of Government of Commonwealth of Nations. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will hand over the position of Commonwealth Chair-in-Office to the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat at the meeting.
The CHOGM – 2015 which will be held from November 27-29 will include People’s Forum, Youth Forum, Women’s Forum and Business Forum. This is being held immediately prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. The Commonwealth conference has accordingly scheduled a special session on climate change and global sustainability in an attempt to build political support around the issue prior to the Paris summit.
This year’s theme of the CHOGM is “Commonwealth – Adding Global Value’ which is about using the Commonwealth’s strengths in international politics to influence and eventually effect change on important global issues. It is also about making a positive difference to the lives of Commonwealth citizens. Adding Global Value seeks to unify the Commonwealth behind an ambitious policy agenda that bequeaths to our young a life of liberty, dignity and prosperity. Besides, considering its geographical extent around the globe, actions and initiatives taken at Commonwealth level will undoubtedly add to global values.
The Commonwealth is an intergovernmental organization of 53 member states that were mostly territories of the former British Empire. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states, organized through the Commonwealth Secretariat and Non-governmental organizations, organized through the Commonwealth Foundation.