Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis
For many, the Commonwealth has long been and continues to be a great force for good. It adds value to the lives of countless millions of peoples across four continents. To many of them, the Commonwealth’s advantage lies, inter alia, in its ability to support free, fair and representative elections through its valuable observation missions. This is reflected in the support for democracy and good governance.
In addition, this Commonwealth advantage and the related tangible value have been demonstrated, over the years, through Commonwealth advocacy on behalf of inherently vulnerable small island states and other vulnerable states.
Likewise, it comes from attracting well-deserved, international attention to the issues of these small countries’ high-indebtedness; the HIV and AIDS pandemic and the social and economic costs of non-communicable diseases…