This conversation starter is taken from an article by Vijay Amliwala, the Director of Commonwealth Business Council Technology. A longer version originally appeared in Overseas magazine, the quarterly journal of the Royal Over-Seas League.
With high growth predicted over the next decade in many Commonwealth countries, now is the time to take some initiative. There is the potential to reduce energy consumption in certain (wealthier) countries, while improving the quality of life for the world’s poorest.
Mark Dowd is a dedicated environmental activist for the organisation Operation Noah, the first Christian campaign focused exclusively on climate change. The former Roman Catholic priest talks to the RCS about climate change, God and the Commonwealth.
This post was written by Hugh Craft, a senior Australian diplomat and former Director of Political Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat (1979-88)
An international intergovernmental organisation, like the Commonwealth, can be assessed as performing well (or badly) on the basis of two factors: functionality, howit performs in fulfilling its prescribed mandate(s); and outcomes, its results, actions, consequences and the value of its products.
The group Ladysmith Black Mambazo represents the traditional culture of South Africa. In a short interview conducted with the RCS as part of the Commonwealth Conversation, Albert Mazibuko told us what the Commonwealth means to him.
This post was written by Richard Bourne, Associate Fellow of the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit.
One thing that unites the Commonwealth is salt water, and one crisis that nearly all Commonwealth states are facing is a crash in marine fish stocks. With only six landlocked states out of our 53, and islands the majority, it is high time that our global expertise was focused on protecting and rebuilding our fisheries.
Ursula Rakova describes the effects of climate change on her island community. She comes from the Carterets, a series of tiny islands found 86 kilometres to the north east of mainland Papua New Guinea.
In a joint article for the Commonwealth Conversation, Meg Munn MP, leader of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (UK) study visit summer 2009, and Moana Kalosil Carcasses, Member of the Parliament of Vanuatu, and former Foreign Minister, describe the effects of Climate Change in the Commonwealth countries of the South Pacific.
Climate change is regularly mentioned in the news, and the frequency will increase as we approach the Copenhagen conference in December. This international summit is charged with coming up with a plan to replace the 1997 ‘Kyoto Protocol’ – which set voluntary targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. A new plan is urgently required – we used to think that climate change was about the future, it’s now clear it’s a problem of the present and that huge numbers of people are suffering.