Development and Democracy

Report of the Commonwealth Secretary-General 2003

image of Development and Democracy

This report of the Commonwealth Secretary-General covers the period 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2003. It describes the work of the Commonwealth association of 54 member countries, and more specifically the activities and achievements of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the association's principal intergovernmental organisation. The Foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon presents a personal view of the progress of the Commonwealth over that period. The report is presented to Commonwealth Heads of Government before their biennial summit.



Young people: partners in progress

More than half of the Commonwealth's citizens are under 30 years old. Investing in these young people will be decisive in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. In their 2002 Coolum Declaration, Commonwealth Heads of Government made clear their determination to “address poverty reduction by tapping the skills, knowledge and energy of a highly motivated younger generation.”


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error