World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Kiribati

Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Kiribati

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will visit Kiribati from 6 to 8 November 2012.

It will be his first official visit to the Pacific island state.

The Secretary-General is scheduled to call on President Anote Tong and other senior Cabinet Ministers.

Mr Sharma is also expected to hold talks with the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Taomati Iuta and Opposition Leader, Hon Tetaua Taitai.

Discussions with i-Kiribati leaders will revolve around the country's national development priorities and how the Commonwealth can assist. Areas of interest may include democracy, good governance and public administration, human rights, climate change, gender equality, economic development, debt management, and information and communication technology.

The Secretary-General is expected to brief the President and other leaders on progress in implementing an ambitious reform programme aimed at sharpening the impact, strenghtening the networks and raising the profile of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is also active in the Pacific and globally in pursuing access to climate change finance for small and vulnerable states, and this is likely to be a focus of the discussions in Tarawa.

The Secretary-General will also discuss the Pacific Plan and the role the Commonwealth can play to support implementation of the Plan and to assist the region generally through the Commonwealth Pacific Governance Facility and the Commonwealth Youth Programme regional office, both of which are based in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Mr Sharma will also brief leaders on preparations for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November next year and welcome input from Kiribati in drawing up the agenda for discussions at the biennial summit.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Aftermath Of Brexit

Be careful of what you ask for. Now that it has woken up from its Brexit victory hangover, is Britain acting as if it has just won the World Cup? Hardly. More>>

ALSO:

UK Labour Statement: The Shooting Of MP Jo Cox

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party said: “The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family - and indeed the whole country - will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today. Jo had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Rainbow Colours On MFC In Sympathy For Florida Killings
Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre will be lit in colours of the rainbow Monday as a gesture of support for the LGBTI victims of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On How Obama’s Supreme Court Choice Says Everything (Bad) About His Presidency

Nothing has epitomised the presidency of Barack Obama quite like his Supreme Court nominees. Time and again, Republican presidents will blithely nominate right wing ideological extremists (Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas) who only sometimes misfire and turn out to be liberals in disguise (David Souter). Yet Obama has consistently skipped over the judicially qualified liberals and gone for a succession of centrists... More>>

ALSO:

Turkey: UN Secretary-General On The Terrorist Bombing In Ankara

The Secretary-General condemns the terrorist attack in Ankara earlier today. According to the latest reports, the explosion in the Kizilay district killed and wounded dozens of people. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news