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The biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 15 - 17th November 2013.

Following our campaign with Plan UK to end child marriage in the Commonwealth, we were pleased to see the issue addressed in para. 43 of the CHOGM communique:

"Women and the Girl Child

"43. Heads agreed that the Commonwealth will continue to address the issue of
child, early and forced marriage, giving due consideration to the domestic
legislation of member countries and relevant international law. In this
context, Heads noted the recent Commonwealth Roundtable on early and
forced marriage and mandated the Commonwealth Secretariat, within the
scope of the Strategic Plan, to continue with this area of work including the
sharing of best practices, challenges, achievements, and to address
implementation gaps to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced
marriage."

Download the full CHOGM 2013 Communique.