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    CHOGM 2015

    Malta was in the global news this week as it hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, more commonly known as CHOGM.

     A series of events, including the People's Forum, the Women's Forum ,the Business Forum and the Youth forum were held during the days leading up to the main summit and the main topics of discussion were climate change, peace and security, human rights, good governance and migration, and sustainable development.

    With 60% of the Commonwealth population under the age of 30, the Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is an important voice. From 21-25 November 2015, over 200 young people from all corners of the Commonwealth came together in St. Paul's Bay, Malta to discuss key issues facing their generation. Two Middlesex Malta students, Awwal Saad and Ibrahim Sanusi attended the event as Nigerian representatives and met Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

    The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth opened the summit in Valletta where she praised "the moral strength" of the Maltese people. The Queen and the Duke were accompanied by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. A packed three-day schedule saw the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh revisit beloved places on the island they remembered from the time they lived in Malta between 1949 and 1951. Royal biographer Hugo Vickers said: "The Queen has been known to say that Malta is the only place in the world, other than Britain, that she can call home."

    The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent states with a combined population of 2.2 billion. It first convened in 1949 with HM Queen Elizabeth II as symbolic head. The Commonwealth includes some of the world's largest, smallest, richest and poorest nations. Member-states have no legal obligation to each other, yet are all guided by the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

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