montage of panel sessions including Vijay Krishnarayan and Richard Bourne(Clockwise top left) Vijay Krishnarayan at the panel on civil society, Vijay Krishnarayan, audience, Richard Bourne chairs the panel on the Commonwealth Charter. [photos: Mervyn Clingan, Debbie Ransome]

For the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), civil society representatives will meet in 2018 at one venue in London.

The Commonwealth Foundation said that the sharing of a venue for a single day by the Commonwealth Business Forum, the Commonwealth People’s Forum, the Commonwealth Youth Forum and the Commonwealth Women’s Forum will offer the opportunity to “discuss shared agendas, forge important new partnerships and celebrate common interests”.

The Foundation’s Director Vijay Krishnarayan outlined the proposed “Super Tuesday” plans when he spoke at the two-day conference which focused on the aims and likely outcomes of the Commonwealth leaders’ Summit, scheduled for April 2018. The conference was organised by The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, together with the Royal Over-Seas League, the Commonwealth Association and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (International).

He detailed the proposals in an interview with the Round Table’s Richard Bourne, who is also the founder of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and a trustee of the Ramphal Institute.


[Cameraman: Mervyn Clingan. Producer: Debbie Ransome.] The Round Table wishes to thank the Commonwealth Secretariat for the use of its facilities for the filming of this interview.

Also from the UK and the Commonwealth 2018 Conference:

Opening Speech  by Lord Howell of Guildford, President of  the Royal Commonwealth Society

Presentation by Tim Hitchens, the Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Summit 2018

The UK Minister for the Commonwealth, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, delivers the final address

The Gambia’s Chief Justice Hassan Jallow talks to Round Table’s Keshini Navaratnam.