14 March 2022

The commemoration was held under the theme for the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming” which is scheduled to take place in June 2022.

The theme highlights how the 54 member states in the Commonwealth family are “innovating, connecting and transforming” to help achieve goals like fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.

Ms. Nomsa Uushona, Deputy Director of International Organizations in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation; in the closing remarks read on behalf of the Ministry noted that the event was a productive gathering, which brought together the Commonwealth family.

“Namibia is undeniably honoured to have this event commemorated this year, and on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Namibia, I wish to extend our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Commonwealth countries represented in Namibia and to all representatives for taking out time out from their busy schedules to participate in this event,” she said.

Ms. Uushona concluded her remarks by stating that Commonwealth member states, should continue to focus on issues of shared interest within the Commonwealth, such as the Post COVID-19 recovery, vaccine equity, climate change, poverty eradication and sustainable development among others.

“A Commonwealth that shows prosperity for all its members is a Commonwealth that will be happy and can push in the same direction of a sustainable path,” she concluded. South Africa also joined the other Commonwealth member states in marking Commonwealth Day today 14 March 2022, under the theme: “Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming.”

54 countries on six different continents, are joined in pursuing their common goals to promote a fairer, prosperous, sustainable, and secure future, in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

South Africa cooperates with the Commonwealth in the fields of economic development, trade and investment, education and skills development, women and youth empowerment, technology and innovation, as well as the blue economy.

“South Africa will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth, to build a common and inclusive future, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. On Commonwealth Day, South Africa again renews its pledge to uphold and serve the values and fellowship of the Commonwealth,” said Minister Pandor.

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