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Commonwealth Observer Group issues Final Report on 2012 National Elections in Papua New Guinea

Release date 13 September 2012

Some benchmarks for democratic elections were met, but significant challenges need to be addressed in election management, good electoral practices, and strengthening the culture of democracy

Departure Statement: Commonwealth Secretary-General visit to Sri Lanka

12 September 2012

Kamalesh Sharma visited Sri Lanka from 9 to 13 September where he was received by President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Democracy not a destination but a journey – Don McKinnon

Release date 12 September 2012

The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Maldives, Sir Donald McKinnon, said the Report of the Commission of National Inquiry is a turning point for the country to leave the past behind and move forward.

Parliament is the heart of democracy: Secretary-General

11 September 2012

Sharma calls on parliamentarians to advance democracy, development and diversity

Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Keynote Address by Commonwealth Secretary-General

11 September 2012

Speaker: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

Paralympics a shining example of courage and determination

Release date 10 September 2012

The athletes of the London 2012 Paralympics are an inspiration to the world for their courage and determination to excel, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.

Commonwealth Secretary-General makes multi-pronged visit to Sri Lanka

7 September 2012

Sri Lanka is one of the eight founding members of the modern Commonwealth, and has a unique history and heritage, which form part of the Commonwealth’s rich diversity

Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Sri Lanka for 58th CPA Conference

Release date 7 September 2012

Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Sri Lanka from 9-13 September 2012 to attend the 58th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Colombo.

Commonwealth to convene global forum on small states

Release date 3 September 2012

The Commonwealth Secretariat is convening a global conference to discuss the unique development challenges of small states and explore policy options to address them.

Stiglitz proposes new ways to help trade performance of poorest and small vulnerable economies

31 August 2012

Nobel prize-winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz has called for an enshrining of a ‘Right to Trade’ in the global trading regime, as a new initiative to help the trade performances of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable economies.

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