The statement has been developed out of a Commonwealth wide process, which saw the facilitation of regional consultations in the Caribbean, Central and West Africa, East and Southern Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. These brought together more than 250 civil society representatives between May and June 2011. This statement was also informed by submissions from 14 Commonwealth Associations and two National Associations.
This statement was developed, focusing on achievable, measurable and targeted recommendations which provide the basis for civil society engagement. It is indicative of contemporary civil society concerns, rather than a comprehensive listing. In the tradition of previous declarations from civil society it highlights critical contextual issues of common interest and high priority to civil society and recommends actions to be taken by Commonwealth Heads of Government, Commonwealth Member States, Commonwealth bodies and civil society itself.