Malta is to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2015 following a unanimous decision.
This will be the second time in 10 years Malta will be hosting the CHOGM. Malta last hosted the CHOGM in 2005 when 52 countries attended for the meeting out of which 38 were represented by their Heads of State or Government.
This event would be held as Malta also prepared to serve as president of the European Union in 2017 and the Cultural Capital V18.
About the CHOGM Malta 2015
Malta is hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting for a second time, having successfully done so in 2005. As an island state in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has served throughout history as a bridge between North Africa and Europe. Now, as the CHOGM host for 2015, Malta provides a platform for Commonwealth countries to come together to build bridges of cooperation.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent states with a combined population of 2.2 billion. The association came together in 1949, after the decolonisation of the British Empire. Symbolically headed by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest nations. Countries have no legal obligation to each other yet are all guided by the principles contained in The Charter of the Commonwealth: democracy, human rights and the rule of law. They are also united through language, history and culture.