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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 concluded

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 concluded

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) concluded in London, United Kingdom on April 20, 2018. This is for the first time, that Indian Prime Minister attending the event.

Objective:        

The objective of the meeting was to build on the strengths of the Commonwealth nations, address shared global challenges including environmental ones and agree on actions on how to create a better future for all.

Theme

The theme of the summit was 'Towards a Common Future'.

The four main goals set for the summit included:

Prosperity: Boosting intra-Commonwealth trade and investment.

Security: Increasing cooperation across security challenges including global terrorism, organised crime and cyber attacks.

Fairness: Promoting democracy, fundamental freedoms and good governance across the Commonwealth.

Sustainability: Building the resilience of small and vulnerable states to deal with the effects of climate change and other global crises.

Countries agree to take action on cybersecurity by 2020:

In a landmark declaration at the end of Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in London, the leaders of 53 countries agreed to work closely to evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms.

A notification from the CHOGM termed the declaration as the world's largest and most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation.

The Commonwealth leaders also expressed their strong support for the multilateral trading system and adopted a six-point connectivity agenda to boost trade and investment links.

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