CHOGM Foreign Ministers’ plenary 2022

On June 23, 2022 External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar addressed the “Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Foreign Ministers’ plenary”, which was held in Rwanda. The meeting was delayed by two-years, due to covid-19 pandemic.

Theme of CHOGM Plenary

CHOGM Foreign Ministers’ plenary was held in Rwanda, under the theme of “Democracy, Peace and Governance”.

EAM’s address

During the plenary, Dr S Jaishankar highlighted that, India’s digital backbone is of particular relevance. He noted the significance of collectively addressing the crucial challenges of present times, including climate change, ongoing global conflicts and post COVID recovery.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)

It is a biennial summit meeting of de facto leaders of all Commonwealth nations. However, meeting can be attended by the head of state instead of the head of government, particularly among semi-presidential states. Meeting is held in every second year, in a different member state. Meeting is chaired by that respective Prime Minister or President of Nation. Prime Minister of President becomes the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office until the next CHOGM.

Head of Commonwealth Nations

Queen Elizabeth II, being the Head of the Commonwealth, attended every meeting starting with Ottawa in 1973 until 2011 meeting in Perth. Her formal participation started in 1997. She was represented by Prince of Wales in 2013 meeting. In 2015, the Queen attended summit in Malta and 2018 summit in London. She was again represented by Prince of Wales at 2022 meeting.

The Commonwealth of Nations

Commonwealth of Nations is a political association of 54 member states. Almost all the member states are former territories of British Empire. Commonwealth Secretariat is the chief institutions of the organisation, that focuses on intergovernmental aspects.

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