Judge: Take part in Commonwealth Conversation

Everyone in the Cayman Islands – including those in government and civil organisations, and certainly the public – has been invited to participate in the largest global dialogue ever undertaken about the future role of the Commonwealth.

Called the ‘Commonwealth Conversation,’ this dialogue will be held online, as well as through a series of events held by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London. Comments will be received from now until the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad in November 2009.

Governor Stuart Jack and Cayman Islands Grand Court Justice Charles Quin, as Cayman’s honorary RCS representative, said the conversation aims to provide an open and inclusive platform to discuss the role, structure and responsibilities of the Commonwealth in 2010 and beyond.

The Governor noted that the Commonwealth’s 60th anniversary, commemorated this year, offers the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the past and to consider what the future may hold for the association.

‘The association is only as relevant as it is to its citizens,’ Mr. Jack said. ‘This is why we are encouraging everyone to take part in the discussions.’

Justice Quin said that Cayman is involved in a number of Commonwealth activities, such as the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Day celebrations and activities along with associations for parliamentarians, magistrates, judges, and lawyers. One example of this involvement is the prestigious annual RCS Essay Competition in which most, if not all of the schools in the Cayman Islands participate.

‘With more than 100 nationalities represented here – many from Commonwealth countries – the Cayman Islands are a living example of the sort of democracy and diversity for which the Commonwealth stands,’ Mr. Quin said.

Her Majesty the Queen of England is Head of the Commonwealth – an association of 53 sovereign nations that support each other and work together towards international goals.

With a population of two billion, the Commonwealth represents more than 30% of the world’s population.