CHOGM 2013 (SRI LANKA) – CHOGM 2013 FOR WORLD ISSUES SINCE 1971.
What began as a range of set meetings in the Asia-Pacific metropolis of Singapore in 1971 has now become a biannual affair by all members who are a significant part of the Commonwealth today. In conjunction to having operational functions handled by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the sunny and sandy paradise of Sri Lanka has proudly welcomed one and all for the purpose of participating in this charitable conference.
With up to 53 member states scheduled to be participating for the resolution of issues that either pertain to a regional or global level, Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksha is on a constant series of inspections to determine the status of venues and abodes as to where meetings and accommodation facilities are due to be provided to delegates respectively. Out of all locales, the Lotus Pond theatre that is situated in the most cosmopolitan hub of Colombo has already passed through a rigorous inspection test by His Excellency as this is where the opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on the 10th day of this month.
As per agenda, a few other locales have also been proposed for executing several renowned events in the welfare of the general public, namely:
1) BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), Colombo: Being one of Sri Lanka’s flagship vicinities for socially oriented occasions such as fairs and conferences, mainstream discussions are scheduled to take place right here till the 17th of this month.
2) Water’s Edge, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte: Also home to Ceylon’s Parliament, this recreational complex has been opted for ‘retreat’ extravaganzas for the benefit of governmental heads as CHOGM meetings have long since been well known for their official decisions taking place out of the boardroom, paradoxically!
3) ICC (International Convention Centre), Hambantota: Located along the Southern stretch of coastal mainland, this recently developed city has been flaunting all the hype for the Commonwealth Youth Forum courtesy of CHOGM 2013! From employment to sexual health, a variety of concerns that tend to affect the lives of youngsters in this current day and age have been proposed for ultimate resolution in conjunction to several other ceremonies such as the planting of trees and a group walk to commemorate World Diabetes Day on the 14th of November.
As a result, what the Commonwealth Trust strives to achieve between budding youths of today is an optimistic way of life and the unison between a diversified range of ethnicities, thereby promoting ultimate peace and harmony on a socially acceptable level in the long run.
3) The Cinnamon Grand, Colombo: Known for its intrinsic grandeur and unparalleled hospitality, the Business Forum of CHOGM 2013 is exclusive to this luxury hotel.
4) Chaaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa: What with the camaraderie-infused town of Hikkaduwa a mesmerizing stretch of pristine seashores and tranquil waves, choosing this resort for the People’s Forum by CHOGM is just ideal, period.
The mark of this year’s CHOGM in Sri Lanka, however, is not going to be able to grace the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II due to her delicate state of health in this old age. The Prince of Wales is scheduled to attend on her behalf, instead.
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