Events parallel to the 2013 CPF

Posted on 31/08/2013
By Joe Byrde

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

The 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15-17 November. CHOGM 2013 was organised by the Sri Lankan Government in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat. 

CHOGM 2013 provided an opportunity for Commonwealth leaders to meet in Sri Lanka to discuss world issues relevant to building a strong and secure future for all. 


Commonwealth Business Forum

The Commonwealth Business Forum took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 12-14 November 2013. The Forum is the premier business event in the Commonwealth bringing together Heads of Government, Ministers and top business leaders from around the world and will be attended by over a thousand delegates.
The 2013 Business Forum was co-organised by the Commonwealth Business Council and the Government of Sri Lanka and forms a part of the overall CHOGM programme.  It provided a valuable opportunity for high level dialogue on trade and investment between business and government leaders from the Commonwealth and beyond. The Forum was opened by the President of Sri Lanka, and addressed by Commonwealth Heads of Government. 

Commonwealth Youth Forum

The Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013 took place from the 10-14 November at the Hambantota International Conference Hall in southern Sri Lanka. The event was organised jointly by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and the National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka. It was one of three parallel forums that took place during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The Youth-Led Task Force (YLTF), which was made up of five youth leaders from Commonwealth member countries and five youth leaders from Sri Lanka, oversaw the planning and organising of the event.
This was the ninth CYF to take place during a CHOGM, and the event brings together young people from all Commonwealth countries. The following are some of the primary objectives of the CYF:
• To allow youth leaders to exchange ideas and cultures. 
• To enable youth participants to build skills and network with each other. 
• To have young people come together to work toward identifying the most vital challenges and opportunities facing young people today.