The Forums at CHOGM 2022

The Forums at CHOGM 2022

If you’ve read our introduction to CHOGM 2022 then you’ll know that aside from the meetings held between government officials there are also four forums taking place. The forums provide further space for people all round the Commonwealth to tackle important issues as they pertain to the forums overriding focus: youth, women, people and business. The forums have always been extremely productive and therefore, it’s important you know the details about each one so you don’t miss a thing!

Commonwealth Youth Forum

Commonwealth Youth Forum 2022

The Commonwealth Youth Forum at CHOGM 2022 takes place between the 19th-21st June at the Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Youth Forum (or CYF) will bring up to 300 delegates from across the Commonwealth who will look to build networks, discuss development issues, challenges and opportunities, exchange ideas and create opportunities and youth-led initiatives to enhance their lives.

If you’re attending the Commonwealth Youth Forum look out for Abhiir Bhalla who will be there representing CHEC!

The schedule for the CYF is as follows:

DateTimeEvent TitleInformation
Sunday 19th June10am – 11amFlag Ceremony
Sunday 19th June11am – 11.30amOpening Ceremony – Taking Charge of our Future– Artistic Performance
– Welcome Remarks
– Opening Remarks
Sunday 19th June11.30am – 1pmIntergenerational Dialogue: Taking charge of our futureThis session will explore the 6 thematic areas to be explored in the forum: Governance and Rule of Law; Technology and Innovation, Sustainability, Human Capital, Health & COVID -19, Trade, Entrepreneurship & Employment. The panel will discuss the role of Youth leadership in affecting needed change, and roles of other actors.
Sunday 19th June2.30pm – 3.10pmYouth Leadership Labs I
Sunday 19th June3.15pm – 4.15pmPlenary Session II: Redefining SustainabilityThis session will include a keynote address, sharing of stories of impact, and a panel of experts, changemakers and influencers which will explore and redefine “sustainability” under the current social, political and economic context. The panel will look at better and innovative ways to achieve new standards.
Sunday 19th June4.15pm – 5.30pmYouth Leadership Labs II
Sunday 19th June5.30pm – 7pmPlenary III: Fireside Chat
Monday 20th June9am – 10amPlenary Session IV
Monday 20th June10am – 12pmYouth Leadership Labs III
Monday 20th June1pm – 2.15pmPlenary Session V: Youth champions of Innovation for Transformation and DevelopmentThis session will include a keynote address, sharing of stories of impact, and a panel of experts, changemakers and influencers who will explore Innovation, Technology and how the youth can leverage their knowledge to accelerate impact.
Monday 20th June2.15pm – 4pmYouth Leadership Labs IV
Monday 20th June4.15pm – 5.30pmPlenary Session VI: Co-creation and PartnershipsThis session will include a keynote address, sharing of stories of impact, and a panel of experts, changemakers and influencers who will provide tips and insights to identifying and forming strategic partnerships required to take projects and ideas forward
Monday 20th June5.30pm – 6pmClosing of Day 2 and Reflection
Tuesday 21st JuneCYC General Assembly Partner Side EventsPartners will lead various sessions will equip the youth with the skills they require to execute their projects.
Tuesday 21st JuneClosing CeremonyCYC Installation Presentation of the action plan for 2022 – 2024 Youth Declaration Closing remarks

NB – The above timetable omits networking, lunch/dinner and other activities. For the full schedule for the Commonwealth Youth Forum please see the Commonwealth Youth Forum website.

Commonwealth Women Forum

Commonwealth Women Forum 2022

The Commonwealth Women Forum takes place on the 20th and 21st June at the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. The CWF, as it’s known, has a theme focused on Transforming for Gender Equality.

The Women Forum looks to promote top-level policies for gender equality and human rights while also providing opportunities for women to interact with Heads of Government. It’s expected that up to 500 delegates will take part in the CWF to ensure that the Commonwealth’s gender equality obligations are highlighted to the Heads of Government.

The CWF will include leaders from a variety of areas including:

  • Civil society
  • Youth
  • Activists
  • Academics
  • Influencers
  • Policy Experts
  • Philanthropists
  • Corporate actors
  • Experts from multiple industries

If you’re attending the Commonwealth Youth Forum look out for Abhiir Bhalla who will be there representing CHEC!

The schedule for the CWF is as follows:

DateTimeEvent TitleInformation
Monday 20th June9am – 10.30amOpening Session and Reflections on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights 2020-2030
Monday 20th June11am – 12.30amWomen in leadership: Beyond numbers 
Monday 20th June1.30pm – 3pmWomen’s Economic Empowerment: Breaking the Barriers 
Monday 20th June3.30pm – 5.30pmParallel SessionsOption 1: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: Engaging Men

Option 2: Intergenerational Celebration 
Tuesday 21st June9am – 11amGender and Climate Change: interactions & opportunities for progress
Tuesday 21st June11.30am – 1.30pmParallel SessionsOption 1: Addressing barriers to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment – Accounting for Gender Equality

Option 2: Human capital development: Building leaders of tomorrow
Tuesday 21st June2.30pm – 4pmParallel sessionsOption 1: Peace in the Commonwealth: women’s engagement in security and peace

Option 2: Conquering Cervical Cancer in the Commonwealth: Realities, Challenges and Opportunities?
Tuesday 21st June4.30pm – 5.30pmWrap up of the Commonwealth Women’s Forum

NB – The above timetable omits networking, lunch/dinner and other activities. For the full schedule for the Commonwealth Women Forum please see the Commonwealth Women Forum website .

Commonwealth People’s Forum

Commonwealth People's Forum 2022

The Commonwealth People’s Forum takes place on the 21st and 22nd June at the M Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. The People’s Forum, sometimes referenced as CPF, focuses on the theme: Advancing Together: Delivering people-centred governance through the Commonwealth.

It will see representatives from civil society from around the Commonwealth examine and tackle challenges that citizens of the Commonwealth continue to face. In doing so, it will look to address the most pressing concerns and answer “How can we bring the finest of humankind, the powers of love, compassion, equality, and justice, to bear on our shared future?”

Make sure you look out for Abhiir Bhalla, Isaac Aboah, Badara Bajo and CHEC Chairman, Mark Robinson who will all be in attendance representing CHEC at the Commonwealth People’s Forum.

The schedule for the CPF is as follows:

DateTimeEvent Title
Tuesday 21st June9am – 9.45amOpening Session: A Commonwealth Vision
Tuesday 21st June9.45am – 11amSession One: Building Resilient and Equitable National Health Systems
Tuesday 21st June11.30am – 1pmSession Two: Climate Justice and Leadership for Change in the Commonwealth
Tuesday 21st June2.30pm – 4.30pmSession Three: Health and Finance: Meeting the Immediate Challenge of Financing
Wednesday 22nd June9am – 10.30amSession Four: Innovations in Participatory Governance
Wednesday 22nd June11am – 12.30pmSession Five: Advancing Freedom of Expression in the Commonwealth
Wednesday 22nd June2pm – 3.30pmSession Six: A Commonwealth for All

NB – The above timetable omits networking, lunch/dinner and other activities. For the full schedule for the Commonwealth People’s Forum please see the Commonwealth People’s Forum website.

Commonwealth Business Forum

Commonwealth Business Forum 2022

The Commonwealth Business Forum takes place on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd June in Kigali, Rwanda. For CHOGM 2022, the CBF will address the theme: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.

The Business Forum is tasked with creating meaningful connections between all attendees while also promoting the exchange of knowledge. It is being hosted in partnership with the Government of Rwanda and Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and will look to focus on a “global reset” as the Commonwealth and World recovers from the economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The CBF features hundreds of speakers and has an impressive list of keynote speakers including:

  • Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda
  • Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General
  • Lord Jonathan Marland Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council
  • Clare Akamanzi CEO, Rwanda Development Board

CHEC is being represented at the Commonwealth Business Forum by Chairman Mark Robinson.

The schedule for the CBF is as follows:

DateTimeEvent TitleInformation
Tuesday 21st June10am – 11amOpening Ceremony: Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming
Tuesday 21st June11.30am – 1pmOpening PlenaryA Global Reset: Leveraging the Commonwealth for a Global Recovery
Tuesday 21st June2pm – 3.30pmOptions 1Option 1: Commonwealth Trade: Challenging Protectionisms and Reducing the Barriers to Business

Option 2: Positioning the Commonwealth for the Future of Work

Option 3: Innovation Avenue Mixer: Innovation in the Commonwealth

Option 4: Innovating for Resilient and Inclusive Food Systems Think Tank
Tuesday 21st June4pm – 5.30pmOptions 2Option 1: The Business of Sustainable Fashion

Option 2: Transforming Rwanda into a Pan-African Financial Hub: The KIFC Journey

Option 3: The Future of Africa’s Agricultural Sector: Youth, Technology & Innovation
Wednesday 22nd June9.30am – 11amOptions 3Option 1: Ecosystems: Redesigning Global Value Chains in a Post- COVID World

Option 2: Technology Governance: Are we prepared?

Option 3: Launch of Coventry University Africa Hub

Option 4: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainable Energy Think Tank
Wednesday 22nd June11.30am – 1pmOptions 4Option 1: Our Common Health: Delivering Equitable Healthcare

Option 2: Innovative Financing, Supporting Future Growth

Option 3: Sector Mixer: Champions for Green

Option 4: Skilling the Commonwealth for the Future Think Tank
Wednesday 22nd June2pm – 3.30pmOptions 5Option 1: Bridging the Digital Divide

Option 2: Impact Investments: Unleashing the power of capital for good

Option 3: Thought Leadership Think Tank: Financial and Professional Services

Option 4: Private sector investments in nature based solution & biodiversity

Option 5: Field visit: The Business of Healthcare
Wednesday 22nd June4pm – 5.30pmOptions 6Option 1: Financing Blue-Green Growth for Sustainable Islands

Option 2: Sustainable Tourism & Travel

Option 3: Investing in Cameroon
Thursday 23rd June9am – 9.45amInvesting in Rwanda
Thursday 23rd June9.45am – 11amOptions 7Option 1: Future Cities: Sustainable Urbanisation

Option 2: Investing in Botswana
Thursday 23rd June11.15am – 12.30pmA Challenge to the Commonwealth: Towards a Sustainable World
Thursday 23rd June12.30pm – 1.20pmClosing Ceremony
Thursday 23rd June2pm – 3.30pmHeads of Government and CEOs RoundtableInvite Only

NB – The above timetable omits networking, lunch/dinner and other activities. For the full schedule for the Commonwealth Business Forum please see the Commonwealth Business Forum website.

Individuals are still able to apply to join the Commonwealth Business Forum and can do so here: Commonwealth Business Forum Application

The Forums at CHOGM 2022

So there you have it – the four forums at CHOGM 2022. We will keep updating this page with further information as and when we have it but in the meantime, please let us know if you are planning on attending any of the forums! Let us know in the comments below and please do look out for the CHEC delegates attending.

Also, for all the latest information from CHOGM 2022 check out our dedicated CHOGM 2022 Page.

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