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Sanctions agreed against apartheid-era South Africa

August 1986: Commonwealth puts pressure on white minority rule government. MORE

The birth of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation

Plans by Arnold Smith, the first Commonwealth Secretary-General, to provide Commonwealth countries with a fund for multilateral aid came to fruition in the early 1970s. MORE

The Holdgate Report on climate change

Landmark Commonwealth study gave world a ‘wake-up call’ on climate change and sea level rise. MORE

Harare Declaration sets out fundamental values

Commonwealth vows to safeguard democracy and human rights. MORE

Gleneagles Agreement on Sport

Landmark accord banning sport contacts mounts pressure on apartheid-era South Africa. MORE

Commonwealth highlights debt crisis in developing countries

Finance ministers welcome major Commonwealth report on the debt crisis. MORE

Commonwealth Lusaka Declaration on Racism

Accord on racism sets out Commonwealth duty to tackle discrimination and apartheid. MORE

Alliances can create ‘responsible and just world society’

Commonwealth Parliamentarians heard how it was in their “common interest” to strengthen regional alliances. MORE