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Commonwealth to Observe Papua New Guinea Elections

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Commonwealth Secretary-General welcomes peaceful transition in Lesotho

8 June 2012

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.

Commonwealth signs ‘significant’ agreement with IDEA

7 June 2012

"Developing and strengthening democratic institutions and processes is a cornerstone of the Commonwealth’s work"– Masire-Mwamba

Commonwealth Secretary-General mourns loss of life following Dana Air plane crash

5 June 2012

"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

Queen celebrates Diamond Jubilee with Commonwealth leaders

5 June 2012

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 lights beacons

4 June 2012

Commonwealth countries are first to light beacons celebrating HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee as Head of the Commonwealth