Commonwealth leaders release Eminent Persons Group report

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 22 Views   no discussions CHOGM 2011 Family photo: Queen and leaders. Annaliese McDonough/Commonwealth SecretariatPERTH, Australia — On Sunday, Commonwealth leaders released the report of the Eminent Persons Group that had given rise to some controversy earlier this month over the decision not to make the report public in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia. In welcoming the report of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG), and thanking its members for their outstanding work, heads of government:– Agreed that there should be a “Charter of the Commonwealth”, as proposed by the EPG, embodying the principles contained in previous declarations, drawn together in a single, consolidated document that is not legally binding;– Tasked the Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to further evaluate relevant options relating to the EPG’s proposal for the Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights and to report back to Foreign Ministers at their September 2012 meeting in New York;– Noted that the EPG’s recommendations relating to CMAG were consistent with the CMAG reforms adopted at this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting;– Adopted without reservation a further 30 recommendations;– Adopted, subject to consideration of financial implications, 12 further recommendations;– Asked a Task Force of Ministers to provide more detailed advice on 43 other recommendations to Foreign Ministers at their September 2012 meeting in New York, as a basis for further decision by Heads; and– Deemed, for a variety of reasons, 11 of the recommendations inappropriate for adoption.In opening the three-day CHOGM on Friday, Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, made an unusually pointed reference to the report by the EPG, which recommended the creation of a Commonwealth commissioner for democracy, the rule of law and human rights.”I wish heads of government well in agreeing further reforms that respond boldly to the aspirations of today and that keep the Commonwealth fresh and fit for tomorrow,” the Queen said. ”We should not forget that this is an association not only of governments but also of peoples.”The EPG was established by Commonwealth leaders in 2009 to look at how the Commonwealth might be updated and made more relevant.By Caribbean News Now contributor Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Commonwealth leaders release Eminent Persons Group report by: – October 31, 2011 Tweet Sharelast_img

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 22 Views   no discussions CHOGM 2011 Family photo: Queen and leaders. Annaliese McDonough/Commonwealth SecretariatPERTH, Australia — On Sunday, Commonwealth leaders released the report of the Eminent Persons Group that had given rise to some controversy earlier this month over the decision not to make the report public in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia. In welcoming the report of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG), and thanking its members for their outstanding work, heads of government:– Agreed that there should be a “Charter of the Commonwealth”, as proposed by the EPG, embodying the principles contained in previous declarations, drawn together in a single, consolidated document that is not legally binding;– Tasked the Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to further evaluate relevant options relating to the EPG’s proposal for the Commissioner for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights and to report back to Foreign Ministers at their September 2012 meeting in New York;– Noted that the EPG’s recommendations relating to CMAG were consistent with the CMAG reforms adopted at this Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting;– Adopted without reservation a further 30 recommendations;– Adopted, subject to consideration of financial implications, 12 further recommendations;– Asked a Task Force of Ministers to provide more detailed advice on 43 other recommendations to Foreign Ministers at their September 2012 meeting in New York, as a basis for further decision by Heads; and– Deemed, for a variety of reasons, 11 of the recommendations inappropriate for adoption.In opening the three-day CHOGM on Friday, Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II, made an unusually pointed reference to the report by the EPG, which recommended the creation of a Commonwealth commissioner for democracy, the rule of law and human rights.”I wish heads of government well in agreeing further reforms that respond boldly to the aspirations of today and that keep the Commonwealth fresh and fit for tomorrow,” the Queen said. ”We should not forget that this is an association not only of governments but also of peoples.”The EPG was established by Commonwealth leaders in 2009 to look at how the Commonwealth might be updated and made more relevant.By Caribbean News Now contributor Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Commonwealth leaders release Eminent Persons Group report by: – October 31, 2011 Tweet Sharelast_img

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