Gozo to showcase resilience in small island communities
The island of Gozo has been embraced as a central focus for the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF). Gozo has ‘book-ended’ the CPF process which commenced earlier in the year. It was the location where Commonwealth Foundation staff first met with civil society in the content design process, and will be the host for a fieldtrip on the final day of the programme.
The presence of the CPF was endorsed by Dr Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo, in a press conference held at the Ministry for Gozo on Monday 16 November 2015.
Minster Refalo explained that the exchange of experiences, learning, and opportunities to interact with policymakers would provide an opportunity for delegates to experience examples of good practice in the field. “The CPF delegation will visit various private industries that form part of this resilient island community. These industries are at the forefront of enhancing Gozo’s resilience, through the skills, livelihoods and products they provide.”
Jacqueline Micallef Grimaud, Chair of the CPF Sub-Committee, said “it was a priority to have the People’s Forum visit Gozo. Gozo has a lot to offer by way of showcasing good practice in both private enterprise and good governance.”
Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, Myn Garcia added, “Malta is in a very good position to host this conference on resilience, because one of the things lacking in the current discourse is the governance aspect. Gozo is a very good example of a resilient society and coming to Gozo is our way of making sure that the CPF is participatory and inclusive in all its proceedings.”
Moreover, a roundtable meeting of Commonwealth Foreign Ministers will be held in Gozo on Saturday 28 November 2015 as an opportunity for ministers to meet informally with civil society. The roundtable will be chaired by Hon George Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Malta. The CHOGM 2015 theme, ‘The Commonwealth: Adding Global Value‘ will provide a focus for the discussion.