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29 Nov, 2011, 10:52 GMT Commonwealth Calls for Aid Transparency and Accountability at Busan Forum

As world leaders meet in Busan, South Korea, this week, for the Fourth High Level forum on Aid Effectiveness, the Commonwealth is calling...


19 Oct, 2011, 13:34 BST Resilience, Reform and Renewal - Focus of Commonwealth Summit in Australia

CHOGM 2011 in Perth will advance democracy and development agendas for the 54-member association Commonwealth Heads of Government will gather in...


06 Oct, 2011, 19:20 BST Development Funding Gap 'a Priority' for the G20 - Sharma

"We are calling on the G20 to see themselves as trustees of the wider international community - fit to tackle global concerns and needs" - Sharma...


22 Sep, 2011, 14:05 BST Commonwealth Finance Ministers Call for Aid Reform

Commonwealth finance ministers, meeting in Washington DC on 21 September 2011, called on the international community to strengthen mutual...


21 Sep, 2011, 21:03 BST Commonwealth Welcomes Global Commitment to Combat Non-Communicable Diseases

- Commonwealth Priorities Captured in Political Declaration of UN High-Level Meeting The Commonwealth on Wednesday welcomed a political declaration...


14 Jul, 2011, 13:29 BST Commonwealth Law Ministers End Landmark Meeting in Sydney

Ministers and attorneys-general give Commonwealth Secretariat new roadmap and programme of work for the rule of law Law ministers and...


12 Jul, 2011, 17:36 BST Sharma Urges Commonwealth Law Ministers to Champion Those Denied Justice

"The poor, the marginalised, the vulnerable, those who are -for whatever reason -denied justice; it is they who should be foremost in our...


04 Jul, 2011, 14:05 BST Commonwealth Law Ministers to Hold Triennial Meeting in Australia

Meeting provides a periodic opportunity, every three years, for ministers and senior officials to come together to stock take and look ahead Law...


16 Jun, 2011, 12:51 BST Africa Traversing a Defining Period for Development

"There is an emerging dynamism on the African continent. Purposefulness and energy are the new face of Africa"-Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General...


09 Jun, 2011, 18:00 BST Youth Employment and Financial Resilience to Top Agenda of Commonwealth Secretary-General's Caribbean Visit

- Sharma Visits Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Jamaica and St Vincent and the Grenadines in Official Visit to the Caribbean Region Commonwealth...


04 May, 2011, 17:38 BST Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group Invites Feedback on its Recommendations

The Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG) is inviting feedback on its recommendations to help reform and renew the Commonwealth. The 11-member EPG ...


18 Apr, 2011, 19:11 BST Nigeria Elections Credible and Creditable - Commonwealth Observers

The April 2011 National Assembly and Presidential elections in Nigeria have 'discarded the notion that the country can only hold flawed elections'...


17 Mar, 2011, 19:35 GMT Sonia Gandhi Urges Commonwealth to Spearhead Inclusion of Women in Global Climate Change Debate

- "Most of the Climate Debate so far has Been Gender-Blind" Speaking minutes ago at the Commonwealth Lecture in London, Sonia Gandhi called for...


20 Feb, 2011, 13:24 GMT Lack of a Level Playing Field Remains a Concern in Uganda Elections - Commonwealth Observer Group

The Commonwealth Observer Group issued an interim statement after the Ugandan presidential and parliamentary elections, reporting that it was...


09 Feb, 2011, 17:18 GMT It Matters That Nigeria Conducts Credible Elections - Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is at an advanced stage of preparations for the monitoring of elections in Nigeria, Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa...


07 Feb, 2011, 14:48 GMT Commonwealth Praises India for Decriminalising Homosexuality

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has praised India's justice system for being the guardian of the nation's constitution. He said the...