Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Don McKinnon to launch Commonwealth memoir in London


Don McKinnon to launch Commonwealth memoir in London

Book presents his candid view of Commonwealth leaders and issues behind events


Click for big version.

Sir Don McKinnon, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, will launch his memoirs detailing his eight years at the helm of the intergovernmental organisation in London, UK, on 26 February 2013.

The event will be held at Marlborough House, headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Sir Don who served as Commonwealth Secretary-General from 2000-2008, presents a candid view of the events behind the scenes of some turbulent times in the history of the modern Commonwealth, which groups 54 countries from across the globe.

He shares his insights on players in the political ring within the Commonwealth, with the posturing, the plotting and the sparring for power and influence nationally and internationally. Sir Don unveils the political intrigues which have put the Commonwealth in the news.
He examines the descent of Zimbabwe into chaos through poor governance and disregard for the law, and the country's spiral into violence, deepening ethnic distrust and polarisation. He speaks with regret about the great hope of Zimbabwe for a future of promise to have taken a turn into hopelessness and despair among its people.

In the book, Sir Don also shares his thoughts about the situation in Fiji that has been plagued by coups and the impact these have been on socio-political and economic progress in the country and the region. The former New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister also talks about his interactions with Pacific leaders, including the leaders of Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.

The research and writing of the memoirs took five years since Sir Don left office as Commonwealth Secretary-General in March 2008.

"I spent a lot of time going through my notes, both personal notes and official briefs. And I thought long and hard about what to say and not to say in my book. At times, I thought it necessary to be diplomatically reticent on some comments as I felt it would be prudent not to put emphasis on certain issues at this stage," said Sir Don.

Is he keeping some details for a second book?

Sir Don said he's pleased with his labour of love and has no immediate plans for a sequel to his memoirs as he is busy with other projects.

Sir Don is Chairperson of Regional Facilities Auckland and Chair of the New Zealand-China Council to promote bilateral trade and investment. He also serves as the Commonwealth Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Maldives, handling peacebuilding efforts between the government and the opposition.

The global statesman has his diary filled with attendances at international conferences on peace and security, as well as audiences with political leaders past and present to help promote peace for development.

"If I can use my experience and knowledge to help make a difference, I can find time for that even if it means having to traverse the globe to start the dialogue for peace. It is a process that requires a lot of patience and determination. It is a journey with many junctions that lead you somewhere from the place you had started off from. The challenge is to steer the course to a favourable situation that will bring positive results for the greater good by building confidence and consensus along the way that involves all concerned parties," said Sir Don.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: Air NZ Teams Up With All Blacks For Men In Black Video

Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Blacks’ Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents. More>>

ALSO:

World Champions: BRADAS Of Identity Company Take On The World And Win Gold

This is only the second time since NZ has qualified for the HHI world finals that NZ has taken home a GOLD medal in this division. REQUEST Dance Crew being the only other NZ crew to achieve this. New Zealands only other medal this year was Silver for the Royal Family in a very close final in the Megacrew division. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Contrary To Popular Belief - Lloyd Geering

Many older Dunediners like myself, and indeed older Presbyterians and others throughout the country, will remember the controversy aroused by the articles and speeches of Professor Geering, Principal of Knox College Theological Hall in the late 1960s... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news