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Commonwealth Heads of Government met in Kampala, Uganda between 23 and 25 November 2007 for their biennial meeting.

The Commonwealth’s fundamental political values were restated by Heads of Government in a communiqué released on 25 November 2007.

Heads reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s commitment to young people, who play a key role in the processes of democratisation – through election monitoring, peace-making and community building.

Developing countries' World Trade Organization negotiating positions and African-Caribbean-Pacific countries' Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with the European Union will both continue to be supported by the Commonwealth, the communiqué stated.

Continued commitment from the Commonwealth to human rights and ensuring that all member states ratify the two 1966 UN Covenants on civil/political and social/economic/cultutal rights were other important goals highlighted.

In the communiqué, issued at the close of CHOGM 2007, Heads agreed to meet in Trinidad and Tobago for CHOGM 2009.

Forty-eight of the 53 member states were represented at the meeting, which was officially opened by the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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the Final Communiqué

HRH Prince Charles

HM Queen Elizabeth II, addresses the CHOGM 2007, at the Openning Ceremony

HE President Yoweri Museveni and the President of Rwanda, HE Paul Kagame at the CBC forum

Maltese Foreign minister Micheal Frendo, Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire, Uganda's Minister of Education, Stuart Mole, Director General, Royal Commonwealth Society

The President of Sierre Leone,
HE Ernest Bai Koroma

HE President Yoweri Museveni and the President of Rwanda, HE Paul Kagame and Mohan Kaul

HE President Museveni's opening speech CHOGM2007
Kampala Serena Hotel, 23 Nov 2007
I greet you all and I welcome you to Uganda.  Your Majesty, you have been here twice before and we thank you for those previous visits.  Above all, we are most pleased to welcome you again when Uganda, East Africa and the whole of Africa are making important strides.

We would, therefore, like to use this opportunity to congratulate you on your long reign and welcome to Uganda.
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Kamalesh Sharma - New Commonwealth Secretary-General
India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, has been selected the new Commonwealth Secretary-General slated to take over the reins of office on 1 April 2008. This was announced today by the outgoing Secretary-General Rt. Hon. Don McKinnon in Kampala, Uganda. He said the selection of Mr. Sharma was a unanimous decision by Commonwealth leaders
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The Queen's speech at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Uganda
President Museveni, Prime Minister Gonzi, Secretary-General, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for your kind words of welcome. I am delighted to be joining you here in Kampala and to see for myself a Commonwealth in such good health. This is the last such occasion to profit from the leadership of Don McKinnon as Commonwealth Secretary-General.
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HM Elizabeth II addresses the Parliament of Uganda
Kampala, 22 Nov 2007

Queen Elizabeth II has commended the Ugandan government for its efforts in trying to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Northern Uganda.

The Queen, dressed in a smart lime green suit with matching hat, said this while addressing the Ugandan Parliament today, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip and United Kingdom government officials including Foreign Affairs Minister David Miliband.

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Commonwealth Foundation launches FRIENDS
New initiative to bring Commonwealth closer
The Commonwealth Foundation launched a new initiative - Friends of the Commonwealth - on Monday (November 19) at the Africana Hotel in Kampala .  

Terry Waite, an individual who has himself contributed significantly to international humanitarian efforts and a former special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, launched the Friends.
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Terry Waite at the Launch of
Friends of the Commonwealth
Zydia Adero, Class A - 1st prize winner Stuart Mole, Director General, Royal Commonwealth Society
Winners of the National Commonwealth writers Prize