Report of the Commonwealth Secretary-General 1999

From Kuala Lumpur to Durban

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This biennial report to Commonwealth Heads of Government on the mandates and activities of the Commonwealth Secretariat from July 1997 to June 1999 is preceded by an introduction by the Commonwealth Secretary-General which is a personal comment on the progress of the Commonwealth over the last decade of the 20th century. The report is presented to Commonwealth leaders before their biennial summit.



Small States: Overcoming Vulnerability

The Commonwealth has taken several major initiatives to increase international awareness of the vulnerability of small states and assist their sustainable development. It is especially concerned as 32 of its 54 member states are classified as small states - they have populations of less than 1.5 million, or are deemed to have characteristics that make them as vulnerable as small states. They all have similar develop-mental, political, economic, human resource and security problems.


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