The heads of government from Commonwealth countries including President Museveni are expected between today and tomorrow to tackle some of the challenges like the food security due to the Ukraine conflict, climate change, Insecurity in some of the member countries as well as human rights.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM) has opened in Rwanda’s capital Kigali as leaders meet to discuss
some of the challenges in the 54-member organization.
In a speech at the opening
ceremony Prince Charles, who was representing Queen Elizabeth said it was up to
member countries to choose between being a republic or a monarchy.
“I want to say clearly, as I have said before, that each
member’s Constitutional arrangement, as republic or monarchy, is purely a
matter for each member country to decide.
“The benefit of long life brings me
the experience that arrangements such as these can change, calmly and without rancor,” Prince Charles Said
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The Prince of Wales also called on the commonwealth to ensure a
better future for the young people.
“In a diversity of the 2.6 billion people, on whose behalf you
speak, comes great strength which you could use to speak up to the values which
bind us to invest in a rapid transition to a sustainable future and to create
opportunities for our young people,” said the 73-year Prince.
The outgoing Chair of the Commonwealth, also British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson
said that as the world comes out of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat
of climate change still remains.
“The pandemic posed a common
threat to all humanity and the same is true of the catastrophic climate change,”
said Johnson, who has been chair of CHOGM since 2018.
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The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC, underlined the shared values of the group.
Commonwealth has shared interests and practical advantages, but we are
the most significant grouping of countries in the history of the world
which is bound, above all, by values which we all aspire to," she said. "These
values of peace and justice, of tolerance, respect and solidarity - and
our role as the foremost international champion for small and
vulnerable states – remain our enduring responsibility."
Rwandan President, Paul Kagame paid tribute to the head of the
Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her devoted service to the Commonwealth.
He said the Commonwealth has grown over the Queen’s over 70 years of service.
The Rwandan leader whose government is hosting
the meeting after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown equally spoke about the need
for action about climate change.
“The Commonwealth we need is on the frontlines of global
challenges not on the periphery watching things unfold,” urged Kagame who is taking
over as Chair of CHOGM.
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The heads of government from Commonwealth
countries including President Museveni are expected between today and tomorrow to
tackle some of the challenges like food security due to the Ukraine
conflict, climate change, Insecurity in some of the member countries as well as