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Commonwealth Leaders of Micro-States Discuss Challenges in Delivering Sustainable Development

CommonWealth Secretariat26 April 2013: The Commonwealth Secretariat hosted representatives of very small States in a meeting on the specific challenges that micro-States face in delivering sustainable development. Discussions focused on governance, policy and public administration in micro-States.

The meeting took place from 23-25 April 2013, in London, UK, and addressed, among other agenda items, the promotion of access to finance for adapting to climate change. As an outcome, the Commonwealth Secretariat will establish an Expert Group to advise members on means of accessing climate finance. The conference also highlighted effective working relationships between politicians and public officials as key to enabling good governance to deliver on sustainable development.

The Commonwealth's very small States, a number of which are also small island developing States (SIDS), include: Antigua and Barbuda; the Bahamas; Barbados; Brunei Darussalam; Dominica; Grenada; Kiribati; Maldives; Malta; Nauru; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Seychelles; Tonga; Tuvalu; and Vanuatu. [Commonwealth Secretariat Press Release]