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Vol 50 No 24

Published 4th December 2009

Progress in Port of Spain

Rwanda and India emerged as the winners from an unexpectedly productive Commonwealth summit in Trinidad on 27-29 November

The Secretary General, Indian veteran diplomat Kamalesh Sharma, skillfully orchestrated the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting into a cheerleading conference for the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen this month. He invited United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to the CHOGM to join Commonwealth heads of state in pressing for a legally binding international treaty on cuts to carbon emissions as well as a US$10 billion fund to finance adjustments in environmental policy in poor countries. With its 1.2 bn. population and fast growing economy, India is becoming the leading player in the Commonwealth, which has become an important vehicle for the promotion of New Delhi's economic aims, including stronger commercial ties with Africa.

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