Prime Minister Mitchell invited to be part of Commonwealth Leaders High Level Working Group

Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:10 PM- George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, April 10, 2014 – GIS: Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, has been invited by the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, to be part of a High Level eight-leaders Working Group to advance the global intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

At the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, in which Prime Minister Mitchell was unable to attend, the leaders present took the decision to “engage collectively and help shape the Post-2015 Development Agenda by constituting an open-ended High Level Working Group of Heads of Government to identify, through a Commonwealth Statement on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, shared Commonwealth perspectives and recommendations.”

Prime Minister Mitchell has expressed his pleasure at being invited to be part of the eight-member Commonwealth Heads team, especially since he was absent from the most recent Commonwealth meeting in Sri Lanka last year.

According to the Prime Minister “this is a great opportunity to represent the region among Commonwealth nations, to advance such a significant agenda.

This diverse team of Heads will pool our talents and perspectives together, and come up with recommendations that will serve in the best interest of our shared community.”

It is expected that the High Level Working Group will oversee the development of the Commonwealth Statement on the Post-2015 agenda, which would reinforce the international community’s dedication to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development.

Subsequently, the Working Group will convene on the eve of the UN General Assembly in September of this year, in order to adopt the resulting Commonwealth Statement that will then be disseminated to fellow Commonwealth leaders for presentation at the General Assembly.

The Group comprises the leadership of the following countries: Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Grenada, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Tonga.

According to the Commonwealth Chair, the leaders chosen for the High Level Working Group reflect the “geographical spread of the Commonwealth membership, as well as the diversity and sizes of economies and stages of development.”







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