This three-part series will address the future of the Commonwealth, ten years after a major report called for a radical rethink of the organisation.
A decade on, the report’s concerns about a decline in the Commonwealth’s influence and significance have not abated. The Commonwealth’s responses to the issues that matter to its people —Covid-19, climate change, inequality— ensure that the questions raised in the report continue to be urgent and compelling.
Is the Commonwealth fit for purpose? If not, what kind of Commonwealth does the world need? And how can the Commonwealth become something that truly matters to the 2.4 billion ‘citizens’ of this unique union?
Hosted by award-winning Kenyan journalist Victoria Rubadiri, each episode will feature a range of speakers, from young Commonwealth activists to government officials.
The speakers will debate the future of the Commonwealth and what is needed to secure its long-term relevance, its role in overcoming challenges facing Commonwealth people today, including the climate crisis and the pandemic response.
Each part will be premiered on Facebook and YouTube to allow discussion between the Critical Conversations community and Commonwealth civil society.