Minister Vella holds talks with a delegation of the Commonwealth Foundation

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 29, 2015

On 29 October 2015, George W. Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs, met with Mr Vijay Krishnarayan, Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and the Deputy Director of the FoundationMs Myn Garcia. Ms Jacqueline Micallef Grimaud, Chairperson of the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF), also participated. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the preparations for the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers’ Roundtable with Civil Society, to be chaired by Minister Vella in Malta on Saturday 28 November 2015.    

Both Vella and Mr Krishnarayan commended the excellent co-operation between the Government of Malta and the Commonwealth Foundation in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which will be hosted by Malta this November, and the events that will be held in its wings, particularly the CPF of 23-26 November. During the meeting, Minister Vella and Mr Krishnarayan agreed that the roundtable should not only serve as an important forum that will provide exposure to Civil Society Organisations from across the Commonwealth, but also as a platform for Civil Society representatives to present their ideas to policy makers.

Speaking about the CPF, the Director of the Commonwealth Foundation explained that this forum will aim to investigate resilience in development in today’s world of growing threats and crisis. He stressed that building resilience is widely accepted as a development planning objective, adding that resilience would also help states to move beyond vulnerabilities. Both sides agreed that civil society organisations have much to contribute to building resilience, and their input can provide a valuable contribution to Commonwealth governments.