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

 

Commonwealth Sec-Gen Saddended At Passing Of Sir Paul Reeves

Secretary-General's statement on the passing of Special Envoy Sir Paul Reeves

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said he was deeply saddened at news of the passing away of Sir Paul Reeves on Sunday 14 August 2011.

"The loss is felt across many countries and communities of the Commonwealth where Sir Paul's presence and contributions for the good have been felt.

The former New Zealand Archbishop and Governor-General served with distinction on the Commonwealth's behalf in South Africa, Ghana, Guyana, and most recently as the Secretary-General's personal Special Representative to Fiji.

"Sir Paul was a true friend of the Commonwealth and its peoples. He served the Commonwealth with passion and dedication," Mr Sharma said.

"It is a great loss to New Zealand. Sir Paul's passing is a great loss to the Commonwealth."

As Commonwealth Special Envoy to Guyana from 2002, Sir Paul played an instrumental role in supporting the creation of a political environment where fair and peaceful elections could take place.

As Special Representative to Fiji from 2007, Sir Paul worked tirelessly in challenging circumstances to encourage dialogue between Fiji’s political and civil society leaders and to press for respect and adherence to Commonwealth fundamental values and principles.

A former Archbishop of New Zealand, Sir Paul Reeves was Governor General of New Zealand from 1985 to 1990. In 1994 he was Deputy Leader of the Commonwealth Observer Group to the South African elections and in 1996 he led the Commonwealth Observer Group to the Ghana elections. From 1995-1997 he chaired the Fiji Constitutional Review Commission.

"My thoughts and prayers, and those of my colleagues who have had the privilege of working with him, are with Lady Reeves and the family at this time of loss. My condolences are, also extended, to the people of New Zealand, who have lost in Sir Paul a truly remarkable individual who contributed so much to his country, the Commonwealth and the wider world," Mr Sharma said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 



UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
More>>
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>


Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>


UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>