montage of panel sessions[clockwise] Hassan Jallow, Lord Chidgey, Jack Corbett, Edwin Laurent, Karen-Mae Hill, Tim Hitchens,Joanna Newman, Lawrence Muli, Vijay Krishnarayan, Victoria Schofield, Lord Ahmad, Stuart Mole

The UK, the Commonwealth and CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government) 2018 was the topic of a two-day conference held in central London on 19-20 October.

The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, together with the Royal Over-Seas League, the Commonwealth Association, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (International) held the conference to focus on the aims and likely outcomes of the Commonwealth leaders’ summit, scheduled for April 2018.

Delegates heard up-to-date details of the UK government’s plans and of other Commonwealth events taking place around the April summit. They also had an opportunity to put forward their own ideas of what should be the Commonwealth’s policy priorities and plans for the future.

Speakers included Hassan Jallow, the noted human rights campaigner and Chief Justice of The Gambia, who spoke about hopes for his country to rejoin the Commonwealth by April and Tim Hitchens, the CEO of the 2018 summit (UK task force), who outlined the roadmap to and structure of the summit.

The Deputy Commonwealth Secretary-General, Josephine Ojiambo, and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the UK Minister for the Commonwealth also outlined parts of the strategy for the UK’s hosting of the Summit and plans for the UK’s term as Chair of the Commonwealth.

Updated November 2017:

A report on the conference proceedings is now available.   

Articles, speeches and video interviews from the conference re available in our news article feed

The conference programme – panels and speakers: FINAL RT Pre-Summit programme for online