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Commonwealth team arrives in Papua New Guinea for national elections

19 June 2012

Arrival Statement by Edward Natapei, Vanuatu’s former Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group, which will observe Papua New Guinea's elections

Rio+20 - how the Commonwealth Secretariat is tackling the issues

19 June 2012

Explore this visual journey on how the Commonwealth Secretariat works with member countries towards the themes of the Rio+20 Earth Conference

Pacific islanders discuss incorporating traditional with democratic governance

18 June 2012

The challenges of preserving traditional political culture while embracing modernity is focus of dialogue

Getting it right in Los Cabos for the world’s vulnerable

18 June 2012

Article by the Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie as leaders discuss global issues at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico

Trade Adviser joins Commonwealth Small States Office in Geneva

15 June 2012

The Commonwealth’s new Trade Adviser for Small States has joined the Commonwealth Small States Office in Geneva.

Commonwealth to Observe Papua New Guinea Elections

Release date 15 June 2012

London, 15 June 2012 – A Commonwealth Observer Group will be in Papua New Guinea for the country’s forthcoming national elections, to be held in June and July 2012. The Group will consist of eight observers, supported by six Commonwealth Secretariat staff. Mr Nipake Edward Natapei, Vanuatu’s former Prime Minister, will lead the Group.

Pacific leaders discuss good governance and development for smallest island states

14 June 2012

Regional consultative meeting held in Tonga

Commonwealth and regional bodies bring voice of small states to Rio+20 Earth Conference

Release date 13 June 2012

London, 13 June 2012 – The Commonwealth Secretariat has partnered with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, the Indian Ocean Commission and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme to organise a high-level panel discussion that will highlight the sustainable development concerns of small and small island developing states (SIDS) at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – also known as the Rio+20 Earth Conference – in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Commonwealth Secretary-General expresses serious concern over death threats at Asma Jahangir

Release date 8 June 2012

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has expressed serious concern over the credible and extremely worrying reports of death threats directed at Asma Jahangir, whom he personally appointed to the former Commonwealth Eminent Persons’ Group in light of her integrity, professional expertise, global standing and the valuable perspectives she could contribute.