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COMMONWEALTH, government. A commonwealth is properly a free state, or republic, having a popular or representative government. The term has been, applied to the government of Great Britain. It is not applicable to absolute governments. The states composing the United States are, properly, so many commonwealths.
     2. It is a settled principle, that no sovereign power is amenable to answer suits, either in its own courts or in those of a foreign country, unless by its own consent. 4 Yeates, 494.

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the Commonwealth Secretariat Blue Charter, which applies the principles of the Commonwealth Charter to action to protect oceans from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing;
the launch of an Innovation Hub to capture and harness the ingenuity within the Commonwealth and direct it to solutions to major, shared concerns such as climate change;
He focused on the business and investment opportunities that the Commonwealth has to offer and welcomed the new strategic partnership established between Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and the Cyprus Investment and Promotion Agency in Nicosia.
He also pointed out that a Commonwealth free trade zone would grant access to some of the world's fastest growing emerging markets giving a boost to business and investment, noting at the same time the importance of block to block partnerships enhancing trade opportunities between the Commonwealth and the EU.
I believe that the imperative of the Commonwealths has been
today's Commonwealths, as with the European Union (EU) but not the
This event has brought together the voices of children from various Commonwealth countries to share their concerns and aspirations and to create a respectful space for them to discuss ideas about the future of the Commonwealth of Nations.
At the roundtable event which includes the participation of stakeholders from different Commonwealth countries, the President opened her address saying that, We are here to celebrate, to validate, and to share the voices of over 600 million children who call the Commonwealth their home.
The UK contribution will give impetus to the Commonwealths work with small states in Geneva, strengthening their voices in international human rights discourse.
While there, Lord Ahmad met President Akufo-Addo to discuss Ghanas place as a beacon of democracy and stability in the region and its role in strengthening Commonwealth values such as human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Why should now be especially important in reviewing the future of the Commonwealth and its relevance to New Zealand?
"Queensland is open for business and ready to capitalise on our high profile fresh off the back of hosting a successful Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast," he said.

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