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Commonwealth: From the Archive

2 November 2016

Sanctions agreed against apartheid-era South Africa

August 1986: Commonwealth puts pressure on white minority rule government. Read 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. Read more >>

The Holdgate Report on climate change

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


Harare Declaration sets out fundamental values

Commonwealth vows to safeguard democracy and human rights. Read more >>


Gleneagles Agreement on Sport

Landmark accord banning sport contacts mounts pressure on apartheid-era South Africa. Read more >>

Commonwealth highlights debt crisis in developing countries

Finance ministers welcome major Commonwealth report on the debt crisis. Read more >>

Commonwealth Lusaka Declaration on Racism

Accord on racism sets out Commonwealth duty to tackle discrimination and apartheid. Read more >>

Alliances can create ‘responsible and just world society’

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