CIVICUS Secretary General Ingrid Srinath is travelling to Perth, Australia, from 25-28 October 2011, to take civil society messages to Commonwealth decision-makers. Following an opening ceremony featuring the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia and H.E. Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary General, Ingrid will deliver a keynote address in the opening plenary on the topic “The Global Context for Civil Society”. The Commonwealth People’s Forum in Perth comes at a time of soul-searching for the Commonwealth, which is undergoing a process of internal reform, spearheaded by an Eminent Persons Group, designed to refresh its own relevance in a changing external environment.
You can find out more about the Commonwealth People’s Forum at www.cpf2011.org, and about the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at www.chogm2011.org. You can also read the messages that civil society organisations, including many CIVICUS members, have already drafted to deliver to the Heads of Government in the Commonwealth civil society statement (available here).