At Commonwealth Summit in Malta Terrorism Tops The Agenda

At Commonwealth Summit in Malta Terrorism Tops The Agenda

Kingsley Irish

Release Date

Saturday, November 28, 2015


Britain's Queen Elizabeth ii opened the 2015 two-day summit of leaders of the 53 Commonwealth nations in Malta on Friday, November 27.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm), is held every two years. This year's gathering is expected to focus on Climate Change. Also, with the threat of terrorism so rampant on the global stage, security concerns will additionally feature as points for discussion.

Giving her speech during the opening of the conference, Queen Elizabeth stated that she was extremely proud of what the Commonwealth achieved under her watch.

On the issue of terrorism and security, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron has pledged £5 million to establish a Commonwealth unit to target terrorism and extremism.

The UK Prime Minister said of the Commonwealth unit; “The Commonwealth has a vital role to play in broadening international efforts to counter extremism. Its civil society and education networks make it particularly well placed to complement international efforts to build counter narratives to this poisonous extremist ideology. This is the struggle of our generation, but by working together we will defeat this extremism scourge that is a threat to us all.”

Cameron has pledged £1m each year for five years to help set up the unit, with another £200,000 for expanding a European counter-radicalization youth program to include the Commonwealth.

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