Leaders of Commonwealth nations have enumerated their priorities to meet the development needs of small and poor member countries.
The priorities were stated in the final communiqué of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011, which was issued Oct. 30. The meeting was held in Perth, Australia.
The communiqué reflects commitments in:
Food security: The Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles calls for a coordinated approach to addressing food security needs in vulnerable member countries, including developing country-led medium- and long-term strategies and programs, improving nutritional interventions targeting mothers and young children, and supporting reforms of the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Disaster response: Help small and climate-vulnerable states build their capacity for timely and effective disaster response.
Climate change fight: Work together to build climate resilience and facilitate efficient funding mobilization for climate mitigation, adaptation and capacity building, especially for small island developing states and other vulnerable developing countries.
Sustainable development: Explore options to share best practices and promote efforts providing access to monitoring, research, education and training, as well as technical and policy expertise in natural resource management.
Education: Strengthen international mechanisms and cooperation, including through new technologies, to help children achieve basic levels of literacy and numeracy, and generate opportunities for skills development as well as quality secondary and higher education, and press for successful first replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education in November 2011 in Copenhagen.
Health: Accelerate progress in polio eradication and in the implementation of the political declaration of the U.N. high-level meeting on noncommunicable disease prevention and control, and the 2011 U.N. political declaration on AIDS.
Millennium Development Goals: Work together, give financial support, and implement policy and institutional changes to accelerate MDG attainment.
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