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Global 13

Kiribati SECRETARYuniF6BAGENERAL commonwealth networkInboxpresent were EU Development Com-FROM THE COMMONWEALTHThe potency of united action has been Secretary-General visits Nauru and The Commonwealth Secretary-General, demonstrated time and again in the his- missioner, Andris Piebalgs, and UN As- Kamalesh Sharma, toured the Pacifi c from tory of the modern Commonwealth. The sistant Secretary-General and Special 29 October to 9 November in what was his collective insights and initiatives we Adviser for Post-2015 Development fi rst offi cial visit to Nauru and Kiribati. are able to bring to life continue to be Planning, Amina J. Mohammed, as well The Secretary-General was in Nauru from important factors in fi nding innovative as the chief executives of major Com- 29–31 October where he met President ways of responding to the many con- monwealth member government devel- Sprent Dabwido along with the Speaker of temporary challenges faced by members opment agencies: Australia’s AusAid, Parliament and a host of other dignitaries of our family of nations. This is current- Canada’s CIDA, New Zealand’s and ministers. ly being seen most strikingly in the way NZAid and the United Kingdom’s UK He made an address touching on Com- the wider global community is Aid. Meetings with Com- monwealth reform and the Commonwealth turning to the Commonwealth missioner Piebalgs and with technical assistance partnership. He also as a key partner in charting a OECD Secretary-General pledged the support of the Commonwealth way forward on development Angel Gurría gave me the for Nauru as the current Chair of the Alli- issues, particularly in defi ning opportunity of discussing ance of Small Island States (AOSIS), which goals and shaping a plan of ac- with them such issues as comprises 40 member countries. tion for a post-2015 develop- trade facilitation, unlock- Kiribati welcomed the Secretary-General ment agenda. ing funds for countries to from 6–8 November where he was received Last year saw a number of mitigate the effects of cli- by President Anote Tong and Vice-Presi- particularly notable partner- mate change, green growth, dent and Minister of Internal and Social Af- ships on this front. Early in Kamalesh Sharma development assistance and fairs, Teima Onorio, among others. 2012, a meeting of the G20 Develop- fi nancial stability. During his visit, Sharma visited areas ment Working Group was held at Marl- Collaboration with global partners at that have been directly affected by climate borough House, chaired by Mexico. an early stage offers scope for weaving change, such as the village of Te Bikenik- The occasion reminded us of the extent Commonwealth priorities into the fab- oora. He offered his sympathies to the to which the Commonwealth and G20 ric of global cooperation on matters of i-Kiribati communities living in these af- are now working together. The pres- such import and signifi cance as agree- fected areas and highlighted the work be- ence at the meeting of all G20 members ing development goals and planning in- ing done to manage and deal with climate reinforced further the role of the Com- ternational action to achieve them. The change at the Secretariat of the Pacifi c Re- monwealth as an important contributor dynamism of these engagements builds gional Environment Programme (SPREP) to the work of the group. This means on the direction given by Common- based in Samoa. we are increasingly able to bring to the wealth heads and the collective work of Sand mining leads and social concerns of Commonwealth committed and diligent staff at the Com-ministers and offi cials, the work of ourG20 table the most pressing economic to coastal erosion poorest, smallest and most vulnerable ship of Commonwealth civil societymonwealth Secretariat, and the partner-members, in particular those of our in Sierra Leone states. organisations in advancing our values.There can be no more valuable sup-Later in the year, the United Nations Sierra Leone’s booming construction High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 De- portive action we can bring to our own industry is a ray of hope to many in velopment Agenda gathered at Marl- work than being instrumental in con- a country which has experienced a borough House. Under its co-chairs, vening our own member states and the devastating, decade-long civil war. Prime Minister Cameron of the UK, wider international community in pur- It is, however, threatening both en- President Sirleaf of Liberia and Presi- suit of Commonwealth goals for the vironmental and economic damage dent Yudhoyono of Indonesia, the pan- greater global good. through widespread sand mining on el held its fi rst set of meetings towards As we approach Commonwealth the country’s beaches. These mining agreeing a new plan of global action on Day 2013, and look back over the mo- activities have been linked to coastal fi ghting poverty with the aspiration of mentous events of the past 12 months, erosion which has caused buildings ending extreme poverty within a life- I recall the words of the special song and homes to collapse into the sea; time. Discussions ranged over food se- composed for the Diamond Jubilee cele- in some places the rate of erosion is curity, energy, education, jobs, health brations of the Queen as Head of the as much as six metres per year. The care, and how best to reach those ex- Commonwealth. Performed for the fi rst beaches’ economic significance is in cluded from traditional pathways out time by Laura Wright at the Observ- a burgeoning surfing and beach tour- of poverty. ance in Westminster Abbey last year, ism industry which promises eco- December saw the OECD Develop- ‘Stronger as One’ is more than simply nomic growth to the country if these ment Assistance Committee convene an aspiration – it describes the Com- resources are preserved. at Marlborough House. Among those monwealth in action. globalfirst quarter 2013 www.global-briefing.org l83


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