Commonwealth countries share common challenges: Kandetu

12 Mar 2018 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA) – The 53 Commonwealth member states face similar challenges and there is a need to reflect on their common future in a bid to overcome the shared stumbling blocks.
This was said by Secretary to the National Assembly, Lydia Kandetu at Parliament on Monday during the Commonwealth Day commemoration in the capital.
Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March. The day is aimed at celebrating diversity and unity, chief values that define the Commonwealth.
She said in the face of geopolitical and socio-economic trends, the Commonwealth family is challenged to strengthen and rejuvenate.
“This particular day reminds us of our common future, our common challenges and our common mutual interest to overcome these challenges,” said Kandetu.
She noted that this year’s theme, ‘Towards a Common Future’, explores how the nations can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes such as sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness.
In a message delivered on her behalf, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom said through exchanging of ideas, nations grow in understanding and work more collaboratively towards a common future.
“There is very special value in the insights we gain through the Commonwealth connection. Shared inheritances help us overcome differences so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division,” she said.
The Queen made reference to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which takes place at Buckingham Palace from 19 to 20 April 2018.
“These gatherings are themselves fine examples of how consensus and commitment can help to create a future that is fairer, more secure, more prosperous and sustainable,” the Queen said.
In his speech, Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi joined Kandetu and the Queen in the call for cooperation for mutual gain.
“We are facing shared challenges and we need to work together on mutual interests to find solutions to these challenges,” said Katjavivi.
The Commonwealth is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire.