Written by Staff Writer
10 Nov, 2013 | 6:16 pm
The Commonwealth People’s Forum began a short while ago in Galle under the auspices of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Commonwealth People’s Forum began at 5 p.m. today at the Galle Fort Court Complex. The Commonwealth People’s Forum theme this year is Equitable growth and inclusive development: beyond 2015.
The CPF 2013 is participated by more than 40 countries with about 500 representatives.
The forum is organised by the Commonwealth Foundation, hosted by a consortium of Sri Lankan civil society organisations with support from the Government of Sri Lanka. It is the single biggest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues.
Held every two years in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), it brings civil society representatives together to discuss key issues facing the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth People’s Forum will be held until November 14 in Hikkaduwa.
Prior to CPF 2013, a series of regional consultations were undertaken with civil society to help develop a Commonwealth Agenda for Development – contributing to the post-2015 MDG framework.
This will be further debated at the CPF 2013 held today, and presented in the form of a declaration to Foreign Ministers at the CHOGM to be held on November 16, 2013.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to take part in a series of learning journeys, visiting community projects and organisations in Sri Lanka.
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