Written by Tharushan Fernando
28 Nov, 2015 | 7:19 pm
Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has offered Sri Lanka £6.6 million for its recovery from a long civil war, at a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta.
President Maithripala Sirisena met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of CHOGM 2015 in Malta. According to the UK’s Independent website, the aid will help people displaced from their towns and villages to return home.
The Commonwealth and the Government of Malta, together with the Governments of Mauritius, Sri Lanka and India signed the declaration for a new trade financing fund to help boost trade and investment flows, particularly for small and developing countries. The voluntary fund hopes to attract start-up capital of $20 million.
Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth met for a discussion on Saturday.
Baroness Patricia Scotland was selected as the new Commonwealth Secretary-General at the Commonwealth Summit in Malta,the first woman to hold the post in the 66 year history of the Commonwealth.
Born in Dominica in 1955, Baroness Patricia Scotland moved with her family to Britain and served a s Minister in the British Parliament.
The New Commonwealth Secretary General addressed the media. He said:
What I might be able to give is the combination of all the Commonwealth because I am truly a child of the Commonwealth.
There is much to do but I hope all 53 of us will look together at the vision; will look at what we need to do on climate change, on education, on science and technology and we will make this a better world for our children.
Commonwealth countries have pledged billions towards climate action at a special session on climate change at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Outgoing Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma stated that the first is the creation of the climate finance … and the principal behind this hub is to make the availability of finance which exists in theory, climate finance, into a reality for the small states.
He further stated:
Small states are told that large amounts of money are available for climate finance, but no one told them the telephone number to dial or the form to fill or the process to follow, this disconnect is sought to be remedied by us
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon noted that this Commonwealth is quite a unique International visional Organisation.
He went on to note:
In this unique diversity we have many visional organisations. But this covers almost one third of global population and membership is also almost one third of the United Nations. It’s the diversity when the CHOGM members are united, that it can be reasonably said that you represent all the views of the United Nations
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