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.
Theme: ‘Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development’
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.
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.
The 9th Commonwealth Youth Forum began today with a vibrant display of colour, music and song at its opening ceremony in Sri Lanka.
"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."
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.
Four youth workers from around the Commonwealth have received awards recognising their exceptional work to empower young people, as part of Youth Work Week.
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.
Regional and pan-Commonwealth winners receive £14,000 grant between them