CHOGM 2022: Daily Highlights – 23 June

23 June 2022
Press release

In case you missed it:  

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall joined the Commonwealth Secretariat and The NO MORE Foundation launched new guidelines to help reduce violence against women and girls in the 54 Commonwealth member countries.

Speaking at the event, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall said: “Whether we are aware of it or not, we all know someone who has endured sexual or domestic abuse. We can therefore all be part of combatting these heinous acts.” 

The strategy urges more consistent and effective collaboration between governments, civil society and the private sector. Read more here.

Elsewhere, Commonwealth foreign ministers met face-to-face for the first time in almost three years, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on Saturday.

The meeting (pictured below) allowed ministers the opportunity to hold formal discussions on the CHOGM theme, 'Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming'. The event was opened by Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC.


Commonwealth leaders also met to discuss the growing threat of anti-microbial resistance (AMR).

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke at the event, which was convened by the Global Leaders Group (GLG) on Anti-Microbial Resistance, and moderated by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health of Malta, Christopher Fearne MP.

The event heard how AMR poses a serious threat to human, animal, plant and environmental health, as well as food safety and security. It "threatens to send us back to a time before antibiotics," Dr Tedros said. Read more here.

In other news, the Commonwealth Business Forum closed with a speech from the Prime Minister of Rwanda Dr Edouard Ngirente. 

And the Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh and Rwanda announced the Kigali-Dhaka Compact on Mental Health (pictured below) – a Commonwealth-wide awareness campaign and policy interventions aimed at tackling mental health challenges post COVID-19.

The event, which was held last night under the theme “Rethinking Mental Health: A Commonwealth Call to Empower, Care and Transform”, was hosted by the Government of Bangladesh in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the Shuchona Foundation of Bangladesh, a leading think-tank working on mental health.

Speakers included the Secretary-General, Dr Tedros and chief guest, the First Lady of Rwanda. Read more here.

Re-thinking mental health event at CHOGM 2022

Commonwealth Sports and Health Ministers, sports industry professionals and stakeholders from bodies like UNESCO, the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS), the Olympic movement and FIFA came together for a roundtable breakfast where they heard about how the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, will help to produce better health and development outcomes globally.

And in other news from yesterday, youth ministers and leaders (pictured below), who are part of the Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Taskforce, met to discuss how they could collaborate on youth empowerment in the Commonwealth. They promised strong support for the Commonwealth Youth Forum declaration.



Commonwealth Business Forum

Commonwealth Secretariat 







  • Official Heads of Government Meeting Opening by President Kagame and Ministers’ family photo
  • Spouses Luncheon on Cervical Cancer Elimination
  • A full schedule of events is available here.



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