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Global issue 12

commonwealth network Colloquia Key events and meetings Small island developing states leave Secretary-General visits Botswana, roundtable discussion on Aid for Trade on their mark on Rio+20 Namibia and Swaziland 29 August at Marlborough House in London, Three regional organisations have signed Kamalesh Sharma travelled to southern Africa headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat. landmark agreements to cooperate on practical for official visits to Botswana, Namibia and steps to deal with the effects of climate change Swaziland between 29 July and 4 August. Pacific countries settle long-disputed and to promote sustainable development. The In Botswana, Sharma called on President boundaries signing took place following a Commonwealth Seretse Khama Ian Khama and various A series of historic treaties to settle maritime panel discussion titled ‘Across the Regions: senior officials to brief his hosts on current boundaries in the Pacific were signed at the Small Island Developing States Solutions Commonwealth priorities, especially its 43rd Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga, Cook for Sustainable Development’ at the reform and renewal agenda. He then travelled Islands, on 29 August. The seven treaties, United Nations Conference on Sustainable to Windhoek, Namibia, where he met with drafted with assistance from the Special Development (Rio+20). President Hifikepunye Pohamba and other Advisory Services Division of the Commonwealth The two memoranda of understanding were key ministers, as well as opposition leader Secretariat, settle exclusive economic zones and signed by the Indian Ocean Commission, the Hidipo Hamutenya, Electoral Commission Chair continental shelf boundaries between Kiribati, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Notemba Tjipueja and resident Commonwealth Nauru, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional high commissioners. and the Marshall Islands. A number of these Environment Programme on 20 June in Rio de Sharma concluded his tour in Swaziland where boundaries have remained unsettled for over Janeiro, Brazil. he met with Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas 30 years due to the isolated nature of these Dlamini and several ministers, Commonwealth countries, and their limited institutional expertise Launching an online workspace for experts and civil society representatives, human on legal and technical matters. Commonwealth organisations rights organisations and the media. They On 25 June in Toronto, Canada, at the discussed areas in which the Commonwealth Mauritius hosts conference of start of a two-day meeting of national and Swaziland can work together to strengthen education ministers electoral commissioners from around the efforts to promote democracy, development and The 18th Conference of Commonwealth Commonwealth, Secretary-General Kamalesh respect for diversity. Education Ministers (18CCEM) was held in Sharma launched Commonwealth Connects, Mauritius in August, focusing on the future an online collaborative workspace for member Nobel Prize winner calls for of education in the Commonwealth and the states. “The Commonwealth Connects establishment of ‘right to trade’ post-2015 development goal framework. In workspace will allow electoral commissions addition to the ministers’ meeting, there were in all our member countries to be in constant parallel forums for youth, teachers, education contact, to be informed, and to develop gold stakeholders and post-secondary and higher standards of best practice together,” said education leaders. Sharma. The first pan-Commonwealth Student Commonwealth Connects provides an Association was launched at the end of the online platform to support and showcase four-day Youth Forum, as student leaders met the Commonwealth’s organisations and alongside the education ministers of their associations. The secure workspace is countries. The association will enable student accessible to invited members through the leaders from all regions of the Commonwealth Commonwealth Connects online platform. to inform thinking and have a voice in key The Nobel prize-winning economist Professor education decisions. Countries give their support to sport- Joseph Stiglitz has called for an enshrining In addition, 18CCEM hosted the 2012 based development programmes of a ‘right to trade’ in the global economic Commonwealth Education Good Practice Two days before the opening of the London regime, as part of a new initiative to improve Awards, which was presented to a community- 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July, sports the performance of trade in the world’s poorest based project from Rwanda that ensures ministers and senior officials from 43 and most vulnerable economies. equitable access to nine years of quality basic Commonwealth nations strongly endorsed a The Columbia University don said this education and skills. The project, Nine Year set of guidelines that will assist governments mechanism would enable developing Basic Education Fast Track Strategies, was in strengthening Sport for Development and countries and communities to bring legal initiated in 2009 as a response to a heightened Peace approaches and incorporating sport- action to the World Trade Organization against demand for secondary education in Rwanda, based activities into development programmes. advanced countries whose policies materially following the successful implementation The framework, developed by the impact their development by restricting of universal primary education six years Commonwealth Secretariat, provides guidance their ability to trade. In a draft report for the earlier. The winning project was one of 123 on integrating sport into development areas Commonwealth Secretariat, he also proposed applications from 27 countries submitted for such as health, education and peacebuilding. the establishment of a Global Trade Facility the third round of the awards. Among other things, the guidelines promote Fund to assist developing countries with their Iana Seales, Commonwealth News Writer, the inclusion of women and girls, marginalised supply side capacity. Commonwealth Secretariat communities and people with disabilities. Stiglitz was speaking at a Commonwealth 82 lwww.global-briefing.org fourth quarter 2012global


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