His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, have announced the postponement of CHOGM 2021 as a result of the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Having reviewed all available evidence and risk assessments including with the World Health Organization (WHO) and their risk assessment tool, and after close consultation between the Commonwealth Secretariat and Member States, the decision has been made to postpone the CHOGM in Kigali for a second time.
Updates will follow in due course.
The forum will attract 500 delegates from governments, civil society, not-for-profits, women’s rights organisations and human rights groups from 54 Commonwealth member countries and the rest of the world.
Delegates will discuss solutions to address pressing challenges affecting women and girls across the Commonwealth and to ensure member countries have robust policies and programmes to meet gender equality targets by 2030.
Proposed solutions from the two-day forum will inform Commonwealth leaders’ discussions and decisions on ending gender inequality – ultimately involving women at the highest level of policymaking to address challenges directly affecting them.
The theme of the forum is ‘Delivering a Common Future: Transforming for Equitable Access and Inclusive Growth’.
The Commonwealth Secretariat is hosting the forum in partnership with the government of Rwanda.
For further information, please contact the Secretariat’s gender team at [email protected].