25 June 2022
The 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) took place on 20-25 June, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Over 50 heads of government gathered in Kigali, joined by business, philanthropy and civil society leaders including Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
Delegates embraced unity and collaboration to tackle issues that are at the heart of the Commonwealth’s values, such as gender equality, youth empowerment, sustainable economic development and climate action.
“With the Commonwealth, we already have many things in common indeed. Be it the language, be it the different systems, financial systems, that would enable us to make investments, trade with each other all together. We keep having to engage one another, finding out what we can to bring that balance to the extent that everyone in the commonwealth, the family of the nations feels they are part of it, no one is left behind.” President Kagame at the Commonwealth Business Forum Opening Ceremony
On the final day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2022 (CHOGM 2022), leaders met, under the theme of ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.
Heads underscored the importance of connecting, innovating, and transforming in order to facilitate a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, achieve the 2030 Agenda, and to respond to conflicts and crises in ways that increase resilience and progress in delivering a common future, underpinned by sustainability, peace and prosperity, to improve the lives of all the people of the Commonwealth.
South Africa was represented by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor who participated in the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government usually meet every two years to discuss issues affecting both the Commonwealth members and countries internationally. The decisions taken at CHOGM shape and determine Commonwealth policy and priorities.
A Communiqué was adopted as an outcome of CHOGM 2022, and reflected on the Commonwealth’s 5 priorities:
* governance & the rule of law;
* itechnology & innovation;
* the multilateral trading system and deepening Commonwealth trade and investment.
The Commonwealth Secretariat thanked the people and Government of Rwanda for the warm hospitality extended to all who attended, and looks forward to Samoa which will be the host of the next CHOGM in 2024.