About the People's Forum
The Commonwealth People’s Forum convenes every two years. This unique gathering of civil society actors gives the people of the Commonwealth the chance to have a say in issues and decisions that directly affect their lives. By bringing important—often unheard—voices into the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the People’s Forum affirms the Commonwealth’s values of democracy, justice, and people-centred governance.
The People’s Forum will take place in Kigali, Rwanda. Delegates, speakers, and performers are promoting a radical shift in thinking to address the important questions of our age. How do we harness the best of humanity—the forces of love, compassion, equality, and justice—to advance our common future and protect our planet? How do we work together to build or re-fashion our institutions so that they support a world that leaves no one behind?
Participants will be drawn from all regions and reflect the diversity and richness of the Commonwealth itself. They will be encouraged to engage bravely, to challenge themselves and each other; to generate the energy and ideas needed to lead the transformation of systems and attitudes that are holding us back.
Update on coronavirus (Covid-19)
The People’s Forum has been postponed due to Covid-19.
The Commonwealth Foundation is working closely with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of Rwanda to ensure the health and safety of all those involved in organising the People’s Forum and we will continue to adhere to the guidance provided by the World Health Organization.
We will communicate any changes or updates — including the rearranged dates of the Forum—through this webpage and our mailing list. Please remember to sign up to our mailing list below.