The Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie on 16 March 2012, met with several UK-based G20 ambassadors and High Commissioners, including the six G20 members of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie, to exchange views on how the two organisations can continue deepening their collaboration with the G20.
As part of a week of activities marking Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) launched a CD on 13 March 2012 to raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
‘Connecting Cultures’ was the focus of the Commonwealth Day Reception on 12 March, where HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, met representatives of the 54-member association.
Increasing the number of women on company boards is about changing the mindset of those making the appointments, said Director of the International Centre for Women Leaders Professor Susan Vinnicombe, at a Commonwealth Secretariat event marking International Women’s Day 2012.
“The visit has enabled me to gain a direct and up-to-date understanding of developments in Fiji. I have heard differing perspectives on some issues, but a welcome willingness among all to find ways to move Fiji forward” - Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General
Education goals and how to bridge the gaps will be the focus of discussions
"‘Connecting Cultures’ is our Commonwealth theme this year. This is our opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the Commonwealth and what this enrichment means to us as individuals" - Kamalesh Sharma
HM Queen Elizabeth II to lead Commonwealth Day celebrations
Representatives of organisations which build the trade capacity of countries in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions through a ‘Hub and Spokes’ programme, have hailed the achievements of the initiative and supported plans to expand the programme into a second phase.
Video: Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa