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    By Sir Ronald Sanders (The writer is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States. The views expressed are his own)   Luis Almagro, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of American states (OAS), has told political stakeholders in Haiti, including the interim […]

Haiti: Time is running out


Sir Ronald Sanders   Questioning the relevance and value of the Commonwealth of Nations is nothing new – for such has occurred ever since the modern Commonwealth was created in 1949. However, doubts have intensified in recent time about the voluntary association of now 53 countries. Claims are repeatedly made […]

The Commonwealth’s Future – Part 1


Press Release from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations  Damascus, 3 October 2013:  The joint OPCW-UN team mandated to assist Syria with the elimination of its chemical weapons programme has made encouraging initial progress, following the first working day of meetings with the […]

Syria Chemical Weapons Team Reports Encouraging Progress  



Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Nigeria 13 August 2013 The Secretary-General strongly condemns the recent violent attacks that have killed scores of civilians in the localities of Mafa and Kondugo in Borno State, including dozens of worshippers reported to have been shot to death while praying […]

Secretary-General Speaks on Nigeria


THE SECRETARY-GENERAL 17 October 2012 Poverty is easy to denounce but difficult to combat. Those suffering from hunger, want and indignity need more than sympathetic words; they need concrete support. We mark this year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at a time of economic austerity in many countries. […]

MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR ERADICATION OF POVERTY


COMMONWEALTH EMINENT PERSONS GROUP 2010-2011 MEDIA RELEASE Members of a Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG), that authored a report on reform of the Commonwealth, have called for immediate Commonwealth action in relation to threats against the life of Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir.

EMINENT PERSONS GROUP CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE COMMONWEALTH ACTION ON THREATS ...



By Sir Ronald Sanders On February 9th, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, wrote a robust letter to the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin la Rocque, pointing out the deep malaise in which the regional integration project is mired. His letter was copied to […]

CARICOM: DOING THE DRAGON DANCE?


by Sir Ronald Sanders A recent statement by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin La Rocque, that the region has been “overly ambitious in its integration targets”, coming from the person who is expected to drive the regional integration process, is cause for disappointment. The Secretary-General said that […]

Ambition Without Action is FAILURE


PRESS RELEASE Joint Statement By The Secretaries-General Of The United Nations And Of The League Of Arab States. Appointment of the Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian crisis In accordance with the General Assembly resolution A/RES/66/253 of 16 February and following close consultations between Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the Secretary-General […]

Kofi Annan Appointed as the Joint Special Envoy of the ...



On the occasion of the second anniversary of the 12 January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Secretary-General would like to honour the memory of the more than two hundred thousand people who perished in the tremor, including one hundred and two United Nations personnel.

Statement from the Secretary General on the 2nd Anniversary of ...


By Sir Ronald Sanders Having external observer missions at election time is important, but no longer enough. The Commonwealth and the Organization of American States (OAS) are now both observing general elections in two Caribbean countries – Guyana and St Lucia – and may be observing a third – Jamaica- […]

External Elections Observation Important but Not Sufficient


By Sir Ronald Sanders The report of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on urgent reform of the Commonwealth dominated the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth. It is now a seminal document in the Commonwealth’s history, and will remain the focus of attention for much needed change […]

The Commonwealth at Its Turning point: The EPG Report and ...