Development and Democracy

Report of the Commonwealth Secretary-General 2003

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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.



Democracy: a cornerstone of the Commonwealth

Democracy, representative government, human rights, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, and just and honest government are at the heart of the Commonwealth's fundamental political values, articulated in the 1991 Harare Commonwealth Declaration. The Commonwealth Secretariat promotes democracy through advocacy of democratic principles and practical action to help make them a reality.


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