LONDON - After its postponement due to the global impact of COVID-19, it has been announced that the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, the week of 21 June 2021.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal sovereign states. Our combined population is 2.4 billion, of which more than 60 per cent is aged 29 or under.

The Commonwealth spans the globe and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Thirty-two of our members are small states, many of which are island nations.

The Commonwealth Secretariat supports member countries to build democratic and inclusive institutions, strengthen governance and promote justice and human rights. Our work helps to grow economies and boost trade, deliver national resilience, empower young people, and address threats such as climate change, debt and inequality.

Usually every two years the leaders of our 54 countries gather for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The intergovernmental meeting is an opportunity for Heads to address shared challenges and set new priorities. Decisions are reached by consensus with statements reflecting the views of all those present.