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Global 13

commonwealth network Colloquia Key events and meetings Finance Ministers address impact of assistance, and case management. It was held Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 external shocks at the Commonwealth Secretariat headquarters Development Agenda. in Marlborough House. The Commonwealth, in collaboration with the Commonwealth launches ‘The Big Divide’ Terrorism Prevention Branch of the UN Office A new Commonwealth publication that on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), provided the reveals the “big divide” between small states assistance in an effort to strengthen criminal in achieving the MDGs was launched on 17 justice delivery in Nigeria. December.The Big Divide was presented by its authors, John L. Roberts and Ibukunoluwa London youth worker wins Ibitoye, at Marlborough House in London. Commonwealth award The report found that of 46 Commonwealth A youth worker who promotes international and non-Commonwealth small island developing youth exchanges that enables young people states compared over a ten-year period from Commonwealth Finance Ministers concluded to travel abroad received the Commonwealth 2000, there was an “enormous” variance in their their 2012 annual meeting in Tokyo, Japan, Youth Worker Award on 8 November at the UK’s performance on the MDGs indicators. It also on 10 October 2012 with a call for concerted National Youth Agency’s (NYA) Youth Worker compares the results with ten larger states. global action to address youth unemployment Awards. Director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Further, the report makes recommendations and a deepening of efforts to address Award London region, Peter Fleet, was on how the MDGs system, and new the adverse impacts of external shocks, presented with the award by Commonwealth development targets currently under discussion particularly for the poorest, smallest and most Deputy Secretary-General, Mmasekgoa for post-2015, can be more attuned to small vulnerable developing countries. Masire-Mwamba, at the Commonwealth states’ interests and their unique characteristics. The meeting followed extensive earlier Secretariat’s headquarters in London during discussions by Commonwealth senior finance Youth Work Week 2012 (5-11 November). Charter heralds new era for officials on the development framework that This year, for the first time, the NYA partnered Commonwealth should succeed the Millennium Development with the Secretariat for Youth Work Week. Goals (MDGs) when these come to an end in During the event the Commonwealth’s regional 2015, and on options to catalyse private sector youth centres held a range of activities focused participation through several emerging new on celebrating and expanding the youth work instruments and asset classes. The meeting profession. was held in the wings of the annual summits of the International Monetary Fund and the World Education Ministers conclude post- Bank. 2015 recommendations On 13 December, Commonwealth Commonwealth launches new debt Education Ministers agreed on a set of management tool core recommendations for a framework to New software to help countries plan, analyse succeed the Education for All initiative and the Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and and manage sovereign debt was launched Millennium Development Goals in education. Commonwealth Chair-in-Office Prime on 10 October. The interactive system, The recommendations include a proposal Minister Julia Gillard of Australia announced known as Horizon, assists debt managers in for targets and deadlines that consider the on 19 December the adoption of an historic planning strategic debt operations, starting realities of different countries and a call for a Charter for the Commonwealth, as part of from identification of a debt management ‘final push’ to achieve the current goals before a wide-ranging package of reforms to the strategy through to cost-risk analysis. Roy the 2015 target date. 54-member association. Arindam, debt management expert at the The Charter brings together the values and Commonwealth Secretariat, unveiled the aspirations that unite the Commonwealth – facility during the Commonwealth Finance democracy, human rights and the rule of law – in a Ministers Meeting in Tokyo. The software is single, accessible document. Heads of Government free to all Commonwealth countries. endorsed the Charter after broad consultations among member governments, civil society and the Nigeria and the Commonwealth public. They also agreed to adopt 85 percent of the improve terrorism adjudication Eminent Persons Group (EPG) recommendations. Nigerian Federal High Court judges met in The ten-member EPG was given the task of London with Commonwealth, United Nations advising the Commonwealth on building a stronger, and UK experts to examine and improve the more resilient and progressive association. adjudication of terrorism cases. The training, Ministers and representatives handed over from 9 to 12 October, focused on fair hearings the proposals on 14 December to the office in these cases, security and safety of courts of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, Iana Seales, Commonwealth News Writer, and personnel, witness protection and who co-chairs the United Nations High-Level Commonwealth Secretariat globalfirst quarter 2013 www.global-briefing.org l87


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