The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in June 2021 in the Rwandan capital city, Kigali, the Commonwealth Secretariat said, according to an official statement.
The meeting was initially scheduled for June 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the statement on Thursday, 24 September 2020, the new date agreed upon was stipulated as the week of 21 June 21 2021.
During a meeting held on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, between Rwandan President Paul Kagame and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, it was agreed that the summit would be preceded by meetings for representatives from Commonwealth networks for youth, women, civil society and business.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries. These represent a third of the world it is home to of 2.4 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries.
Reacting to the move, 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.
“Rwanda looks forward to welcoming all delegates and participants to Kigali next year for a safe and productive meeting.”
The Kigali meeting, which marks the twenty-sixth edition, will be the first one to be held in Africa in this millennium. The association looks forward to Commonwealth leaders coming together to “take practical action on the critical issues we all face,” said Scotland.
These include not only post-COVID-19 recovery, but also climate change, the global economy, trade, and sustainable development, which need to be dealt with “decisively” through “multilateral cooperation and mutual support,” she said.
CHOGM is the Commonwealth’s highest consultative and policy-making gathering. Commonwealth leaders selected Rwanda as the host of the next summit during the last meeting in London in 2018.