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.
The Commonwealth’s new Trade Adviser for Small States has joined the Commonwealth Small States Office in Geneva.
Regional consultative meeting held in Tonga
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 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.
London, 8 June 2012 – Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has welcomed the peaceful democratic transition in the Kingdom of Lesotho and congratulated Prime Minister Motsoahae Tom Thabane on assuming the leadership of the country, following the 26 May 2012 Parliamentary elections.
"Developing and strengthening democratic institutions and processes is a cornerstone of the Commonwealth’s work"– Masire-Mwamba
"I am sure I speak for the whole Commonwealth family when I offer my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in this accident" - Kamalesh Sharma
Commonwealth Heads of Government will present HM Queen Elizabeth II with a commemorative gift to mark her 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth
Commonwealth countries are first to light beacons celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee as Head of the Commonwealth