The summit was praised by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as providing the “momentum for success” for crunch UN climate talks in Copenhagen starting December 5.
Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who attended the summit alongside Ban Ki-moon and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, said: “I will leave Trinidad fully convinced that it will be possible to reach an ambitious agreement in Copenhagen.”
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown claimed that the agreements reached at CHOGM on a host of issues would help to “influence what happens at the United Nations, the G20 and in every world summit”.
said: “The rest of the world should know that the Commonwealth stands
together and is ready to act in a united way. So I can say to you, 60
years after its birth, this historic family of nations, which is the
Commonwealth, is proving its worth.”
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd added that some in the past have been too quick
to “underestimate the unique nature of the Commonwealth voice”.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd added that some in the past have been too quick to “underestimate the unique nature of the Commonwealth voice”.
Climate change was a major topic of discussion at this year's CHOGM, due to the proximity of the meeting to the Copenhagen climate change summit, but also because many Commonwealth states are particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government welcomed the emphasis on young people in its Declaration on young people , titled ‘Investing in young people’. They "welcomed the emphasis on young people with its theme of thecommonwealth@60: ‘serving a new generation’..." and "acknowledged "with gratitude the role and active contributions of young people in promoting development, peace, democracy, and in protecting and promoting other Commonwealth values such as tolerance and understanding, including respect for other cultures. We recognise that the future successes of the Commonwealth rest with the continued commitments and contributions in these ways of our young people."
The Declaration noted "the principles of youth development endorsed by Commonwealth Youth Ministers, and affirm our own support for the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Youth Empowerment."
Gender equality is one of the fundamental principles of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth’s work towards advancing gender equality is guided by the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015. To take stock of the real impact on the lives of women in the Commonwealth, a Mid Term Review of its Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015 was launched.
The CHOGM is the supreme body of the Commonwealth. It is convened every two
years to review global, political and economic developments and to conduct a
strategic overview of the Commonwealth's work in support of the interests of
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