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Arnold Cantwell Smith, the first Commonwealth Secretary-General

Arnold Cantwell Smith, the first Commonwealth Secretary-General

Arnold Smith becomes the first Commonwealth Secretary-General

1965

Arnold Smith of Canada becomes the first Commonwealth Secretary-General and served from 1965 to 1975.

Arnold Smith's stewardship of The Commonwealth is remembered for his clear guidance in the development of the Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles that sums up the values of the association, namely, democracy, human rights and good governance.