The Commonwealth Games Federation has three core values - humanity, equality and destiny.
The CGF embraces all Commonwealth nations and territories, as well as athletes, communities and citizens.
Seventy-two countries and territories currently compete at the Commonwealth Games, with the event bringing people and cultures together through sport in one place every four years.
Commonwealth Games Associations, in line with the humanity value of the CGF, have created their own initiatives to support developing Commonwealth nations, such as Commonwealth Sport Canada’s SportWORKS programme.
The CGF promotes fairness, non-discrimination and inclusion through its work.
Areas such as racial and gender equality have been given importance by the CGF through new initiatives, in areas including officiating and the Commonwealth Games sport programme.
At Gold Coast 2018, there were an equal number of medal events for male and female athletes.
Female participation in coaching is being encouraged through the CGF’s internship programme for the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
The Commonwealth Games also provides a platform for Para-sport, alongside able-bodied sport, creating an inclusive competition environment.
The CGF looks to combine high-performance sport with performances that have impact, helping Commonwealth athletes, citizens and communities realise their aspirations and ambitions.
These ambitions can be realised through the hosting of its major events - the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Strategies are in place to make the Games attractive competitions to host.
These three core values of the CGF uphold what has been part of the Commonwealth Charter since March 2013.
They underpin the governing body’s strategic partnerships and collaborations with organisations, institutions and agencies in both the public and private sectors.
The values are implemented within the CGF’s decision-making, including in its Transformation 2022 strategy.
Equality and diversity
Across the 72 Commonwealth Games nations and territories, there are six regions: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Americas, Europe and Oceania.
The Commonwealth of Nations displays ethnic and cultural diversity across all habitable continents.
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The Commonwealth Games Federation Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2022 is better known as Transformation 2022.
It has been in effect since March 2015 after it was approved unanimously by all 71 Commonwealth Games Associations present at the General Assembly in Auckland. It outlines the mission and priorities of the CGF until 2022.
Transformation 2022 requires key actions to be taken across the Commonwealth Sports Movement, which includes:
- The Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs)
- The CGF Executive Board
- The CGF Management Team
- Stakeholders in the CGF
It also provides a framework for planning and collaboration between different groups within the Commonwealth Sports Movement.
The CGF said the plan “aims to establish the ideals of our Movement and how we plan to transform them into strategic priorities that result in tangible actions with impact”.
Four priority areas make up the plan: innovative and inspirational Games, good governance and management, strong partnerships and a valued brand.
Mission of the Commonwealth Sports Movement
The CGF works to be athlete-centered and sport-focused, while delivering both integrity and global impact to communities. It aims to accomplish the following:
- Delivering inspirational Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games built on friendships and heritage
- Developing the CGF and the Commonwealth Sports Movement
- Attracting and building on public, private and social partnerships that benefit Commonwealth athletes, sports and communities
- Championing athletes, citizens and communities
Transformation 2022 Refresh
In 2019, the CGF published a refresh of the Transformation 2022 strategy for the final four years.
It highlighted that it must reassure potential bidders that hosting the Commonwealth Games is a financially viable plan. It also recognised the challenges related to poverty, conflict, climate change, economic uncertainty, health and inclusivity.
The refresh has four key mission points:
- Delivering inspirational sporting moments
- Nurturing a powerful sporting movement
- Activating transformational partnerships
- Realising collective impact
The Commonwealth Sports Movement continues to push for change in its nations and territories.
It recognises minority groups through its Commonwealth Games Associations and its charity, the Commonwealth Sport Foundation (CSF). This is part of the Transformation 2022 initiative.
The Commonwealth Sports Movement pushes for social change in a variety of areas, including:
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Commonwealth Sport Foundation
As part of the Commonwealth Sport Movement, the CSF was founded as a charitable foundation in the United Kingdom, and seeks to address challenges globally through the power of sport.
Its formation was part of Transformation 2022 objectives, which look to expand the work of the Commonwealth Games beyond the quadrennial event.
“Through the Commonwealth Sport Foundation, and inspired by our engaged athletes and communities, our aim is to shape a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future across the Commonwealth,” said Dame Louise Martin, the CGF President, during the CSF launch in August 2020.
Currently, the CSF is in the early stages of creating partnerships, projects and fundraising strategies. Work has started on a £3.5 million development fund, which will ensure a vision and legacy from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is felt in the host city and across the 72 nations and territories.
The CSF’s development model has five pillars, encompassing how it hopes to improve the lives of those in Commonwealth Games nations. These are:
- Youth Empowerment
- Equal Rights
- Historical Injustice
- Small States and Island States
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
The pillars will see the CSF focus its efforts on areas such as equality for men and women and providing assistance for smaller Commonwealth Games nations to develop athletes.
Through events, it is hoped to develop cities which can create a social impact and maintain infrastructure in the long-term.
Commonwealth Sport Impact Framework
The pillars are supported by the Commonwealth Sport Impact Framework, which looks to define, assess, communicate and drive positive impact through the Commonwealth Games and the CGF’s efforts elsewhere.
It includes campaigns and development programmes associated with Commonwealth sport, which seek positive change to the economies of nations and territories and their physical environments.
Peace, sustainability and prosperity are the three key themes of the Impact Framework, with peace as a priority.
The CGF state that once peace can be established, sustainability can then be delivered through an approach which integrates economic, social and environmental development. This can lead to prosperity as measured by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Better Life Initiative.
By hosting major sporting events like the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games, the CGF looks to introduce the Impact Framework to maximise short, medium and long-term returns on investments.
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