People's Forum

The Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) is the largest gathering of civil society organisations within the Commonwealth.

23 - 26 November 2015,

Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay , St. Julians, Malta

 

Held in the run up to CHOGM, this event is jointly organised by the host government and the Commonwealth Foundation. The Forum debates important issues facing the people of the Commonwealth.

The CPF is the single biggest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on a wide range of issues. The Forum also provides a valuable arena for civil society to build partnerships with the public and private sectors, offering opportunities for learning, networking and exchanging ideas. 

The draft agenda for the People's Forum can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/cpf2015

Theme for the People's Forum

What Makes Societies Resilient?

The proposed theme issue for CPF 2015 is “What Makes Resilient Societies?” This is seen as providing a civil society perspective that complements the overall CHOGM theme “Adding Global Value.” It also builds on work which has been developed in Malta on resilience and vulnerability. The Forum aims to add diverse social and cultural perspectives to the discourse, which has its roots in the experience of Small States.

 

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Official Designated Accommodation

Corinthia St. Georges Bay, St. Julian's Malta

The Commonwealth People’s Forum will be held at Corinthia Hotel, St. George's Bay in St. Julians. Booking your accommodation at this designated 5-star accommodation is highly commended as it conveniently located in a well-sought after destinations. Corinthia Hotel features spa facilities and 5 swimming pools positioned on luxurious sea-view terraces. 

 

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Theme of the People's Forum

What Makes Societies Resilient?

The proposed theme issue for CPF 2015 is “What Makes Resilient Societies?” This is seen as providing a civil society perspective that complements the overall CHOGM theme “Adding Global Value.” It also builds on work which has been developed in Malta on resilience and vulnerability. The Forum aims to add diverse social and cultural perspectives to the discourse, which has its roots in the experience of Small States.

 

Threats and shocks such as more frequent and intense storms, global financial crises, conflicts and epidemic diseases are perceived as increasingly prevalent today. Globalisation, international and intra-national migration, and the growing interconnectedness of people and cultures through technology, underpin narratives of growing societal complexity and the erosion of national values and cultures.

 

Debates on vulnerability, adaptation and humanitarian response have all seen resilience tackled quite in-depth from an environmental and economic lenses.  While it is widely accepted that the concept of resilience is used to define the ability to respond to crisis, there is a need to deepen the analysis. There has been a silence in probing not just the root causes but also the unequal exposure to vulnerability of some members of contemporary societies and indigenous communities.

 

Resilience thinking suggests that there is no ‘optimal’ response to vulnerability; in its place, flexibility, diversity and adaptive learning become rejoinders to real world dynamics. Resilience connotes renewal and hope. In doing so it challenges the narrative of vulnerability and the current constructs of adaptability and preparedness.

 

Latest People's Forum News

26/11/2015 | 21:00 UTC

Malta Declaration on the Governance of Resilience

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24/11/2015 | 19:30 UTC

Day Two at The Commonwealth People’s Forum

The morning got off to a very captivating start with the powerful and personal stories that were shared.  Three parallel sessions were carried ...
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29/10/2015 | 19:03 UTC

Minister Vella holds talks with a delegation of the Commonwealth Foundation

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the preparations for the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers’ Roundtable with Civil Society, to be chaired by ...
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