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.



Ensuring integrated sustainable development

The twin goals of sustainable development and poverty alleviation stand at the heart of the Commonwealth Secretariat's work and the fundamental principles that all members of the Commonwealth hold in common. These goals are best achieved not through a variety of discrete actions in diverse sectors, but rather by finding integrated approaches that produce multiple impacts and benefits across all three pillars of sustainable development- social, economic and environmental.


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