The Commonwealth at the Summit

Communiqués of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, Volume 3: 1997–2005

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The Commonwealth at the Summit: Volume 3 contains the full text of declarations, statements and communiqués issued by Commonwealth Heads of Government between 1997 and 2005. It follows volumes 1 and 2 published in 1987 and 1997 respectively.

This volume covers the meetings held in Edinburgh (1997), Durban (1999), Coolum (2002), Abuja (2003) and Malta (2005).

It carries a foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon, exploring the developing priorities of the association over a decade of activity.



A working internationalism


In September 1943, with the end of the Second World War just beginning to come into sight, Winston Churchill made a now famous speech at Harvard University. His theme was Anglo-American unity; but the wider Commonwealth connection—‘the British Commonwealth and Empire’ he still called it—was central to his conception of ‘fraternal association’. He spoke of the shared heritage of law, language and literature, of common conceptions of what is right and decent—regard for fair play especially to the weak and poor, a sentiment for impartial justice, a love of personal freedom.


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