The Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF)

The Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF)

The Commonwealth People’s Forum convenes every two years, immediately before the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). This unique gathering of civil society actors gives the people of the Commonwealth the chance to have a say in issues and decisions that directly affect their lives. By bringing important—often unheard—voices into CHOGM, the People’s Forum affirms the Commonwealth’s values of democracy, justice, and people-centred governance.

The People’s Forum 2020 will take place in Kigali, TBC. Delegates, speakers, and performers are promoting a radical shift in thinking to address the important questions of our age. How do we harness the best of humanity—the forces of love, compassion, equality, and justice—to advance our common future and protect our planet? How do we work together to build or re-fashion our institutions so that they support a world that leaves no one behind?

Participants will be drawn from all regions and reflect the diversity and richness of the Commonwealth itself. They will be encouraged to engage bravely, to challenge themselves and each other; to generate the energy and ideas needed to lead the transformation of systems and attitudes that are holding us back.

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KIGALI, RWANDA | 22-24 June 2020

Advancing Together: Delivering People-Centred Governance through the Commonwealth

Venue: Ubumwe Grande Hotel, Kigali


Day One: Monday 22 June 2020

Justice in a World Fit for All

09:00 – 10:00  Official Opening

10:00 – 10:45  Keynote Session

10:45 – 12:00  Opening Plenary

Discussion: The Big Questions Impacting a Fair and Just World

12:00 – 13:15  Lunch

13:15 – 14:30  Plenary Discussion: Economic Justice

14:30 – 15:00  Networking Break

15:00 – 16:15  The Great Debate: Climate Justice – Saving Lives Now and        Tomorrow

16:15 – 17:00  Wrap-up Session

Day Two: Tuesday 23 June 2020

Advancing Just and Accountable Governance in the Commonwealth

09:00 – 09:30  Recap and Reflection

09:30 – 10:15  Keynote Speaker

10:15 – 11:30  Plenary Session: Is There Freedom of Thought without Freedom of  Opinion and Expression?

11:30 – 12:00   Networking Break

12:00 – 13:15  Plenary Session: The New Participation

13:15 – 14:30  Lunch

14:30 – 15:15  Plenary Session: Digital Power – Measuring Freedom, Inclusion and Accountability

15:15 – 16:45  Keynote Speaker

Day Three: Wednesday 24 June 2020

Breaking Barriers. Shifting Power. Transforming Lives: Making It Happen

09:00– 09:30   Recap and Reflection

09:30– 10:45   Plenary Session: Be Prepared to Transform the World

10:45 – 11:15  Networking Break

11:15 – 12:30  Parallel Sessions: Masterclasses on Transformation

Transformation from Conflict to Peace

Transformation in Anti-Corruption

11:15 – 14:45  Parallel Session: Learning Journeys with Rwandan Civic Voices (lunch on the go)

12:30 – 14:45  Lunch for delegates in masterclasses

14:45 – 16:00  Closing Ceremony