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Group photo of Commonwealth Heads of Government at their summit in Harare, Zimbabwe

Image of group photo of Commonwealth Heads of Government at their summit in Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare Commonwealth Declaration

1991
The Harare Commonwealth Declaration sets the association's priorities for the 1990's and beyond. Strengthened emphasis on Commonwealth contribution to democracy, human rights and equality.

The Harare Commonwealth Declaration was issued by Heads of Government in Harare, Zimbabwe, on 20 October 1991.

The Commonwealth mapped out a course for the organisation as it advanced towards the new millennium. The Commonwealth drew on its unique strengths and character that are rooted in its shared ideals, common traditions and language.

This landmark agreement set the Commonwealth on a new course: that of promoting democracy and good governance, human rights and the rule of law, gender equality and sustainable economic and social development.