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.



Strengthening Good Governance and the Law

The rule of law, and just and honest government are the strongest underpinnings of democracy. The main thrust of the Secretariat's activities in the legal field have been in four complementary directions: assisting governments to strengthen their constitutions and constitutional instruments (see Chapter 1); helping member countries improve the quality of their legal and judicial systems; promoting greater awareness and compliance with human rights conventions and associated agreements; and facilitating member country participation in global co-operation to combat serious crime.


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