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network The Long View ‘There is no international organisation commonwealth like the Commonwealth’ Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma retires at the start of next year, having completed two terms in office. He reflects on the last eight years and considers the Commonwealth’s future Global: What do you consider to have been n Promoting the Commonwealth Secretariat your main achievements during your two as preferred or principal strategic terms as Secretary-General? interlocutor on global issues with United Kamalesh Sharma: There are several Nations, IMF, World Bank and the G20 things that stand out to me: n Bringing internal corporate governance n Overseeing the development of a Commonwealth up to international standards. As an example, Charter and having it adopted the Internal Justice Systems of by all member states International Organisations Legitimacy n Advancing Commonwealth values Index has put the Commonwealth Secretariat through adoption of eight triggers by on top of 28 organisations, including the Commonwealth Ministerial Action the European Union, World Bank Group including free and fair elections, and United Nations. Aiming to have the democratic space for opposition, freedom best gender ratio of any multilateral organisation of expression, separation of powers and independency of judiciary n Redefining Commonwealth convening www.global -br ief ing.org four th quar ter 2015 global power through digital networking on the cloud-based web platform ‘Commonwealth Connects’, which now has more than 100 Commonwealth entities on it, and Hubs to develop a Commonwealth gold standard on election management, on education and on health, for knowledge transfer, disseminating best practice and creating partnerships n Bringing advocacy and initiatives to a new level on behalf of small states on debt, trade, climate change and capacity building n Creating a new level of partnerships with Commonwealth and global organisations. 72 l www.global -br ief ing.org four th quar ter 2015 global


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