The Commonwealth People’s Forum 2011 held in Perth, Australia, was organised by the Commonwealth Foundation and hosted by the Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) with the support of the Australian Government.
The journey began with a series of consultations where civil society had the opportunity to discuss important topics in their own nations and regions. These discussions culminated in a Civil Society Statement which was presented to Commonwealth leaders in the run up to the CHOGM. The Statement addressed issues relating to climate change, urbanisation, trade, human rights and more; providing a framework for Commonwealth civil society to engage with Government.
Delegates took part in workshops and assemblies, debating the issues raised in the Statement in preparation for a dialogue with Foreign Ministers as part of the CHOGM programme. Delegates also had the opportunity to take part in a series of learning journeys, visiting community projects and organisations in the Western Australia.
Previous Commonwealth People’s Forums have taken place in Scotland (1997), South Africa (1999), Australia (2001), Nigeria (2003), Malta (2005), Uganda (2007), Trinidad and Tobago (2009).