LONDON, May 4 /CNW/ - The Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG) is
inviting feedback on its recommendations to help reform and renew the
The 11-member EPG has published a report outlining the general direction
of its recommendations to sharpen the impact, strengthen the networks
and raise the profile of the Commonwealth, for comment from members of
The report is available at:http://www.thecommonwealth.org/news/34580/34581/236343/030511epgconsultation.htm. Feedback should be returned by 15 June 2011 to Daisy Cooper at email@example.com or at the following address: Ms Daisy Cooper, Secretary-General's
Office, Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London,
SW1Y 5HX, UK.
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The report's proposals include: the creation of a 'Charter of the
Commonwealth' and a Commissioner for Democracy and the Rule of Law;
enhancing the Commonwealth's role in development and trade, climate
change and in tackling HIV/AIDS; initiatives to support young people
and advance the economic and social empowerment of women; and ensuring
that the Secretary-General and all Commonwealth governments play their
part in enhancing the public profile of the association.
The EPG's final report on its recommendations will be submitted to
Commonwealth Heads of Government for their collective consideration at
their summit in Perth, Australia, in October.
The EPG was established by Commonwealth Heads of Government at their
meeting, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in November 2009. The
group is mandated to explore and recommend ways to ensure the
Commonwealth "will remain relevant to its times and people in future".
At the end of their fourth meeting in London on 21 and 22 March 2011,
the group said: "The Commonwealth is in danger of becoming irrelevant
and unconvincing as a values-based association.
"To safeguard against this danger we will recommend to leaders the
adoption of proposals that will strengthen the Commonwealth, both as an
association of governments and of peoples."
Following an online questionnaire in 2010, the EPG received over 230
written submissions from Commonwealth civil society organisations and
individuals on the direction of their proposals.
SOURCE The Commonwealth Secretariat
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