By the Government International Media Network > Kabs Kanu and Pasco Temple :
President Julius Maada Bio left Freetown yesterday for the United Kingdom to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) where leaders will gather in London and Windsor to address the shared global challenges facing the world and to agree actions on how to create a better future for all.
The conference , which will last from April 16 to 20 , will bring together representatives from the worlds of business, civil society and government.
President Bio was accompanied by the First Lady, Mrs. Fatima Bio, and an eight-man delegation.
The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will have the theme, ‘Towards a common future’. The focus will be on ensuring that the Commonwealth is “responsive to global challenges and delivers a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all its citizens, particularly its young people”.
The meeting will focus on the need for urgent action to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience, in light of the fact that the impacts of climate change could push an additional 100 million people across the world into poverty by 2030 and because, in the Commonwealth, 39 of its 53 members are small or other vulnerable states.
The meeting will begin with the Commonwealth Business Forum, People’s Forum, Women’s Forum, and Youth Forum. This article outlines expected areas of emphasis and key considerations ahead of the CHOGM.