The week of 21 June 2021 has been set as the new date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
The leaders’ summit, which is preceded by meetings for representatives from Commonwealth networks for youth, women, civil society and business, was to have been held in Kigali in June 2020 but was postponed because of the impact of COVID-19.
“The new date agreed with member countries will be the week of 21 June 2021,’ said Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland in a joint statement on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHOGM is customarily held every two years and is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making gathering.
Commonwealth leaders selected Rwanda as host for their next summit when they met in London in 2018.
President Kagame said CHOGM Rwanda 2021 will be an “exceptional occasion to deliberate together on the enormous technological, ecological, and economic challenges and opportunities facing the Commonwealth, particularly our young people, and which are all the more pressing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
He added: “Rwanda looks forward to welcoming all delegates and participants to Kigali next year for a safe and productive meeting.”
The Secretary-General said at this historic CHOGM, the first to be held in Africa this millennium, “we look forward to Commonwealth leaders coming together to take practical action on the critical issues we all face.”
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries.
Representing a third of the world it is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 32 of our members are small states, including many island nations.
Scotland said the meetings in Rwanda will the Commonwealth “a real opportunity to focus on our post COVID recovery, but we also know that the pandemic has not reduced the urgency with which global challenges such as climate change, the global economy, trade and sustainable development need to be dealt with decisively through multilateral cooperation and mutual support.”