Ahead of the appointment of a new Commonwealth Secretary General at the Malta CHOGM this November, Australian diplomat Matthew Neuhaus details a possible reform agenda for the organisation on the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ‘Commonwealth Opinion’ blog.
Neuhaus, a former Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Political Affairs Division, presented his thoughts at an event in the ICwS at Senate House last week, 1 July 2015. He writes:
What the Commonwealth needs above all in the new Secretary-General is a change agent, thought leader, motivator and manager. It also needs someone who can develop a shared vision for a Commonwealth facing crisis – in relevance, funding and commitment – which in the words of one Commonwealth commentator is “graver than any it has faced before”. The Chair of the CHOGM, the youthful Prime Minister Muscat of Malta, is alert to the challenge of fixing what he sees as a “sick” and dysfunctional organisation. Muscat as Chair could be a powerful combination with a dynamic new SG.