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The Commonwealths in the Second Decade of the 21st Century

For Release Upon Receipt - November 19, 2009

St. Augustine

As participants in the Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF) and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) arrive in Trinidad and Tobago with a variety of proposals, The University of the West Indies (UWI) will host a workshop that offers an opportunity for them to explain their research and policy suggestions.



The workshop, titled “The Commonwealths in the Second Decade of the 21st Century,” will be hosted by the UWI Institute of International Relations (IIR), in association with The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), The Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (CPSU), the Commonwealth Women’s Network (CWN) and The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS). This event is scheduled to take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November from 9.30am to 5.30pm, and on Sunday 22nd November, from 9.30am to 3.30pm, in the IIR Boardroom.


This workshop will include presentations on a spectrum of topics, ranging from the economy and polity, to the ecology and the place of the inter- & non-governmental Commonwealth in the next decade. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Jane Kelsey, University of Auckland Law School, and Eduardo del Buey, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat. Professor Kelsey will deliver her address, titled ‘The Political Economy of Trade in Services Agreements: serving whose interests?’ on Friday 20th November and Mr. Buey will present on ‘Virtual Diplomacy in the New Century/Decade,’ on Saturday 21st November.


The event is free and open to the public.


To find out more, please contact Tim Shaw at 662-2002 ext 2010, or via e-mail at


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