From April 16-18, 2018, Dr Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research, travelled to London, to be a part of the Commonwealth People’s Forum. The CPF, held every two years as a precursor to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the event is the single largest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues and brings together civil society representatives from around the world to discuss and debate key issues facing Commonwealth people.
The CPF provides a valuable arena for civil society to interact with decision makers, and offers a unique opportunity for participants to learn from each other and build partnerships. For governments, the forum is an opportunity to engage with civil society; to hear what they have to say and to respond accordingly.
These year, the themes for the three day event were:
Day 1:‘Leave no one behind’: Exploring Exclusion in the Commonwealth
Day 2: Politics of Hope: Taking on Injustice in the Commonwealth
Day 3: Accountable Governance: Understanding the Imperatives for a Renewed Commonwealth
Here are glimpses from Dr Kumari’s participation at this event.
— CSR (@CSR_India) April 17, 2018
“We do have the power to change things. We need youth communicating with passion on these challenging issues” Keynote speaker @HelenClarkNZ in the #sustainability plenary at #CYF #commonwealthyouth pic.twitter.com/vSpnkUDwWq
— Ranjana Kumari (@ranjanakumari) April 17, 2018