Commonwealth SG commends Namibia

30 Aug 2017 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 30 AUG (NAMPA) - Commonwealth Secretary-General (SG) Patricia Scotland has commended Namibia, saying it is one of the most orderly countries in Africa and globally.
“It has real commitment to the rule of law, real commitment to values, real commitment to parity of treatment,” she told the media after a closed-door meeting with President Hage Geingob at State House Tuesday evening.
Scotland also commented Namibia for appointing women as prime minister and deputy prime minister.
“The President has given a commitment to gender parity and you have seen that with his ministers,” she said, adding that this is something Namibians should be proud of.
The SG also presented the Commonwealth Charter to Geingob.
The charter brings together the values and aspirations of the Commonwealth into a single, accessible document and contains the developmental aspirations of the organisation.
Scotland explained that when former United Nations SG, Ban Ki-Moon selected people to compile the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he selected many people from the Commonwealth.
“Therefore, it’s not surprising that when you look at our charter which was written in 2013 and then you look at the UN SDGs which were initiated in 2015, there are [similarities],” she said.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 states, most former territories of the British Empire.
Namibia, after independence in 1990, became the Commonwealth’s 50th member.