Small States in the Global Society

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This study is the result of a decision by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their 1983 Meeting in New Delhi. It was conceived in the framework of the Commonwealth’s long-standing concern with the economic problems of its very many small member states. The ‘vulnerability’ of small states is the essential concept informing the enquiry and it is considered in all its relevant aspects – military, political, economic, technical, social and cultural.  




The various measures advocated in Part III of our Report are set out below as formal recommendations. They are arranged in terms of the three levels at which they would be implemented: national, regional and international. However, since this is a study requested by Commonwealth Heads of Government, the recommendations specifically for Commonwealth action are presented separately from the other international measures.


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