EAF at the CHOGM 2015
Malta hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting for a second time, having successfully done so in 2005. As an island state in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has served throughout history as a bridge between North Africa and Europe. Now, as the CHOGM host for
2015, Malta provided a platform for Commonwealth countries to come together to build bridges of cooperation. CHOGM Malta 2015 was held between the 27th and 29th of November 2015.
EAF Secretary General Sharon Ellul Bonici took part at the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF - the largest gathering of civil society organisations within the Commonwealth ) from the 23rd till the 26th November 2015 at the Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay , St. Julians, Malta.
Held in the run up to CHOGM, this event was jointly organised by the host government and the Commonwealth Foundation. The Forum debates were around important issues facing the people of the Commonwealth.
The CPF is the single biggest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on a wide range of issues but also to engage with one another and exchange ideas, experience and plan joint projects. The Forum also provided a valuable arena for civil society to build partnerships with the public and private sectors, offering opportunities for learning and networking.
The theme issue for CPF 2015 was “What Makes Resilient Societies?” This was foreseen to provide a civil society perspective that complements the overall CHOGM theme “Adding Global Value.” It also built up on work which has been developed in Malta on resilience and vulnerability. The Forum aimed to add diverse social and cultural perspectives to the discourse, which has its roots in the experience of Small States.
The combined efforts of civil society from around the Commonwealth have produced a new declaration on governance for resilience that was submitted to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta.