Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting opens Image of women dancing

15 November 2013

The 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) opened today in Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo with a theatrical welcome to leaders and representatives from the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries.

CHOGM 2013 Opening Ceremony: Commonwealth Secretary-General's speech Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at CHOGM 2013 Opening ceremony

15 November 2013

Theme: ‘Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development’

Commonwealth youth delegates elect new youth council leaders Image of young people

12 November 2013

Ahmed Adamu from Nigeria will chair the new body, which will be the recognised voice of the 1.2 billion young people of the Commonwealth and provide a framework for youth-led development initiatives.

Youth forum delegates to vote for new council leadership Image of flyer for Commonwealth Youth Council Executive elections

11 November 2013

Commonwealth Youth Forum delegates meeting in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, today ratified the constitution of the new Commonwealth Youth Council, the official genesis of the largest and most diverse youth body in the world.

Youth forum opening ceremony heralds start of Commonwealth gathering Image of Sri Lanka dancers

10 November 2013

The 9th Commonwealth Youth Forum began today with a vibrant display of colour, music and song at its opening ceremony in Sri Lanka.

Commonwealth Youth Forum opening ceremony: Commonwealth Secretary-General's speech Image of Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

10 November 2013

"In the fast-moving and closely-connected world of today the contribution of young people to national development and the values of our societies, and the development of the Commonwealth globally, is pivotal."

Meet the candidates for the Commonwealth Youth Council Executive Image of Commonwealth Youth Council flyer

1 November 2013

The Commonwealth Youth Council is an autonomous youth-led body, which aims to further advance the youth development agenda and strengthen young people’s participation in the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth honours youth workers Image of (left to right): Commonwealth Youth Worker Award Caribbean regional winner Alex Foster; Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba; Asia regional winner Priyadharshanie Ariyaratne; Africa regional winner Nelly Shella Tchaptcheut Yonga; and Pacific regional winner Joanne Dorres.

31 October 2013

Four youth workers from around the Commonwealth have received awards recognising their exceptional work to empower young people, as part of Youth Work Week.

Youth, Education and the Commonwealth celebrated at Buckingham Palace Image of Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Commonwealth Choir

31 October 2013

Young people from across the Commonwealth met HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, for a reception marking 40 years of the Commonwealth Youth Programme and the centenary of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Climate change activist wins pan-Commonwealth Youth Award

16 October 2013

Regional and pan-Commonwealth winners receive £14,000 grant between them