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Details announced for Commonwealth People’s Forum 2013

Posted on 13/06/2013
By Martin Petts
CPF 2011 Opening Plenary

The next Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) will take place in Sri Lanka from 10-14 November 2013, organised by the Commonwealth Foundation and hosted by a consortium of Sri Lankan civil society organisations with the support of the Sri Lankan Government. 

CPF 2013 culminates in a round table dialogue between civil society representatives and Foreign Ministers as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). 

CPF 2013 will be held at the Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa, located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka between Colombo and Galle. CPF 2013 will share this year’s CHOGM theme, ‘Growth, Equity and Inclusive Development’ and will focus on the Post-2015 development agenda framework.

Commonwealth Foundation Director, Vijay Krishnarayan, said: “This year’s People’s Forum provides an excellent opportunity for civil society to convene on the next global development agenda. Organisations, networks and alliances from each of the Commonwealth’s regions will be coming to Sri Lanka to learn from each other and articulate their Post 2015 hopes. The Forum is also a space for Sri Lankan civil society organisations to engage with their counterparts from across the Commonwealth. I am pleased at the way they are helping to shape the agenda and I know they are looking forward to hosting an inclusive and participatory gathering.” 

The CPF brings together civil society representatives from around the world to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth people. Held every two years in the run up to the CHOGM, the CPF is the single biggest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues. The CPF provides a valuable arena for civil society to build partnerships with public and private sectors offering opportunities for learning, networking and exchange.

Online registration will open in late July.