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.



Promoting Prosperity: After the Edinburgh Declaration

In their 1997 Edinburgh Economic Declaration, Heads of Government adopted a programme of action to promote prosperity throughout the Commonwealth by enhancing trade, investment, development and the environment. They also emphasised the need for globalisation to he carefully managed in order to minimise its inherent risks. These risks were exposed by the worsening of the financial crisis in East Asia in 1997-98 and when it spread to other parts of the world.


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