At the Edinburgh CHOGM in 1997 a range of parallel ‘People’s’ or ngo Commonwealth initiatives were developed. Among the most visible was a pan Commonwealth voice for young people

- the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF).

CYF 2 Durban, South Africa in 1999;

CYF 3 Gold Coast, Australia in 2001;

CYF4 in Abuja, Nigeria in 2003;

CYF5 in Malta in 2005;

CYF6 in Uganda in November 2007;

CYF7 in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009;

CYF8 in Perth Australia in 2011.