Advisory - Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat in Ottawa

    OTTAWA, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the
Commonwealth Secretariat, will be at the International Development Research
Centre (IDRC) on June 9 to speak on the challenges affecting developing
states. Mr Sharma will speak on "Global transformation and challenge - a
Commonwealth perspective." He will discuss the food, energy, and other
challenges faced by developing states and reflect on the debate surrounding
the reform of global institutions.

    Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009
    Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
    Where: 150 Kent (corner of Albert), 8th Floor

    Before assuming his responsibilities at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr
Sharma was India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He previously
served as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to
Timor Leste (2002-2004) and as Ambassador and Indian Permanent Representative
to the United Nations in New York (1997-2002). In the late 1990s he was
closely engaged in the process that led to the formulation and adoption of the
Millennium Development Goals.
    Mr Sharma's special interests lie in the empowerment of young people, the
advancement of women's rights, the challenge of poverty eradication, and
economic growth. In 2000, he edited Mille Fleurs - Poetry From Around the
World, and Imaging Tomorrow - Rethinking the Global Challenge, featuring
articles by prominent thinkers on challenges faced by the international
community in the era of globalization.
    The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous
interpretation is available. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged
to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-696-2343.
    For more information, visit

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40
years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

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For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 696-2343,

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