Commonwealth’s Kigali moot to focus on ‘global reset’ amid impact of Covid pandemic  

Rwanda expects up to 350 delegates from multigenerational, stakeholder groups, leaders from different sectors

ISLAMABAD: The leaders of The Commonwealth countries scheduled to gather on 22nd of May at Kigali, the capital of Rwanda in east Africa, will focus on “A Global Reset” to deal with the impact of Covid pandemic and association’s role in rebuilding and reinvigorating the global economy.

The meeting will discuss the status of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including governance, rule of law, innovation, environmental safety and trade.

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The experts believe that during the past year, COVID-19 Pandemic reminded the world of its fragility and demonstrated the inherent risks of high level of interdependence.

In coming years and decades, the world will face more intense and cascading global challenges ranging from disease to climate change to the disruptions from new technologies and financial crisis.

These challenges will repeatedly test the resilience and adaptability of communities, states, and international system, often exceeding the capacity of existing systems and models. This looming disequilibrium between existing and future challenges and the ability of institutions and systems to respond is likely to grow and produce greater contestation at every level.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent countries. It is home to more than 2.4 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Around 32 of them are small states, including many island nations.

The Commonwealth member governments share goals like development, democracy and peace as values and principles expressed in the charter of Association.

The diplomatic sources informed The News Today that Commonwealth secretariat has convened the meeting of heads of association’s member countries on 22nd May in Rwanda to set the targets of achieving SDGs for securing future of the world.

Rwanda expects up to 350 delegates from multigenerational, stakeholder groups, leaders from different sectors, including civil society, youth, activists, academia, influencers, policy-makers, donors, the private sector, and leaders from all sectors in the Commonwealth and globally.

The Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) will be one of the first large in-person gatherings for Governments and Business across the Commonwealth since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The CBF has grown into an important international event, taking advantage of the gathering of Commonwealth Heads of Government to attract business, institutional and Government leaders from across the 54 countries.

Hosted as a partnership between the Government of Rwanda and Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) this year’s forum will address the Common-Wealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM) Theme ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’, with a focus on “A Global Reset”, dealing with the impact of the pandemic and the Commonwealth’s role in rebuilding and reinvigorating the global economy.

The Government and Business delegates attending the Forum will discuss practical ways to enhance trade, showcase investment opportunities and promote sustainable development in a world coping with the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recently released US Intelligence report ‘Global Trends 2040’ says that several global economic trends, including rising national debt, a more complex and fragmented trading environment, the global spread of trade in services, new employment disruptions, and the continued rise of powerful firms, are shaping conditions within and between states. Calls for more planning and regulation will intensify, particularly of large platform, e-commerce corporations.

Report reveals that climate change in next two decades will increasingly exacerbate risks to human and national security and force states to make hard choices and tradeoffs. The burdens will be unevenly distributed, heightening competition, contributing to instability, straining military readiness, and encouraging political movements.

The Commonwealth People Forum (CPF) brings together civil society representatives from around the world to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth people. It is the single largest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues.

The forum has structured around plenary sessions and interactive workshops and discussions, policy dialogues, cultural events, field visits to CS projects and a formal dialogue between civil society delegates and Foreign Ministers.

Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting 2021 has structured around plenary sessions and interactive workshops on priority issues. The objectives of the CPF are to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned and good practice related to a chosen theme; to enable civil society to use the forum’s specific policy dialogues to influence government policy-makers; and to promote the Commonwealth Foundation and its work through the forum, via various communication channels.

The CYF is the ‘centerpiece’ of the Commonwealth’s youth engagement strategy and is the highest decision-making forum for young people in the Commonwealth. It brings together young leaders from across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas; build networks; identify and debate development issues, challenges and opportunities; agree youth-led initiatives to mitigate challenges facing young people; and create opportunities to enhance young potential.

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