11 Aug 2008

The Commonwealth Secretary-General due in Papua New Guinea tomorrow

11:24 am on 11 August 2008

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, is due in Papua New Guinea tomorrow at the start of a visit to the region.

He will then go on to Australia and New Zealand before attending the Pacific Islands Forum Summit in Niue.

He said his attendance at the Forum would be an opportunity to reaffirm the Commonwealth's abiding commitment to strengthen democracy, economic opportunity, and human development in the region.

Mr Sharma says the Commonwealth is active at the global level in supporting practical work to help small states to address climate change challenges, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation.

He said the Commonwealth was also active in exploring and

developing new economic opportunities for small states.