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Daily Times -  Malawian newspaper that has existed in various forms since 1895.
Daisy Cooper -  Daisy Cooper (b.1981) is a British civil servant and political campaigner who served as Strategic Planning Officer for the Commonwealth Secretariat (2006-10), Strategic and Technical Advisor to the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (2010-11) and Director of the Commonwealth Advisory Bureau (2011-13), formerly the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit. Cooper has worked for the Voluntary Service Overseas (2013) and the Hacked Off Campaign for a Free and Accountable Press (2013- ). In 2010 she was a Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Suffolk, England.
Dame Silvia Cartwright -  Dame Silvia Cartwright, b.1943, was the 18th Governor-General of New Zealand. In this office from 2001-2006, she served under the Helen Clark government and was succeeded by Sir Anand Satyanand.
Daniel arap Moi -  Daniel arap Moi (b.1924). President of Kenya (1977-2002).
Daniel Patrick Moynihan -  Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) was an American political figure who served as his country’s Ambassador to the United Nations (1975-76) and India (1973-75). He was later United States Senator from New York (1977-2001).
Daniel Patrick O'Connell -  Daniel Patrick O’Connell (1924-1979) was a New Zealand-born barrister and academic who served as Chair in International Law at the University of Adelaide in the 1960s and Chichele Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford from 1972 to 1979.
Danville Walker -  Danville Walker was Director of Elections and head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica from 1997 to 2008. In 2004, he acted as chief executive officer of the Office of National Reconstruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan.
Datuk Noor Farida -  Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin is a distinguished Malysian diplomat who served the Commonwealth Secretariat as Director of the Women and Development Programme (1988-1993). Farida has held numerous positions in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service in Malaysia and, in 2000, was appointed Ambassador to the Netherlands, a position she held until 2007.
- Synonyms: Datuk Farida Ariffin
David Anderson -  David Anderson (1920-1989) was a political advisor influential in the establishment of post-colonial Civil Service administrations in Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya in the period immediately after independence. In the 1960s and 70s, he supported the work of the Ford Foundation and European Economic Community in Africa. In 1978, he became Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation (CFTC), retiring from this post in 1983.
David Blake -  David Blake is a British archivist and librarian who was Library Services Manager at the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1998 to 2008. He was previously Librarian for the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, (1993-98) and following his time in the Secretariat became Head of Library and Archives for the Society of Friends (2010- ).
David Caffin -  David Caffin was a New Zealand diplomat who worked as Special Assistant to Commonwealth Secretary General Arnold Smith in the 1970s. Caffin was later Permanent Delegate of New Zealand to UNESCO (1980-81) and High Commissioner to Samoa (1981-83).
David Cameron -  David Cameron (b. 1966). British Prime Minister (2010-).
David Gillmore -  David Gillmore, Baron Gillmore of Thamesfield (1934-1999), was a British diplomat who served as Permanent Undersecretary at the Foreign Office from 1991 up to his retirement in 1994. In 1983, he was appointed High Commissioner in Malaysia, having served previous posts in Moscow and Vienna.
David Gore-Booth -  Sir David Alwyn Gore-Booth (1943-2004) was a British diplomat who served as Britain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1993-96) and High Commissioner to India (1996-98).
David Kelly -  David Kelly (1944-2003). British civil servant. He committed suicide after it emerged that he had briefed the BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan over the British government’s controversial assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
David Lange -  David Lange (1942-2005). New Zealand politician and member of the Labour Party. He was Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1984-89.
David Malone -  Dr David M Malone (b.1954) is a Canadian diplomat and writer who served as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations (1992-94) and High Commissioner to India (2006-08). He has also held influential positions in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (1994-98, 2004-06), and was President of the New York-based International Peace Academy (1998-2004).
David McDowell -  David McDowell (b.1937) is a New Zealand diplomat who served as Special Assistant to the Commonwealth Secretary General Arnold Smith from 1969 to 1972. McDowell was later New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India, Nepal and Bangladesh (1983-85) and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1985-88). From 1994 to 1999 he was Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
David McIntyre -  William David McIntyre (b. 1932). New Zealand historian. He is a specialist in the history of the Commonwealth.
David Owen -  David Anthony Owen, Lord Owen, (b. 1938) is a British political figure who served as Foreign Secretary from 1977 to 1979. In 1981, Owen left the Labour Party to found the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which he led from 1983 to 1987.
David Steel -  Sir David Steel (b.1938), Baron Steel of Aikwood, is a British political figure with a long career in Scottish politics. From 1976 to 1988, he was leader of the Liberal Party in the UK. From 1966 to 1970, he was President of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK and later, in 1994, was an observer at South Africa’s first democratic elections. In 1999, he was Chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa’s second elections.
Davos -  A town in eastern Switzerland, home to the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum since 1971.
Dawda Jawara -  Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara (b.1924) is a Gambian politician who served as his country’s first Prime Minister (1962-70) and, following the Gambia’s establishment as Republic, as President from 1970 to 1994. Jawara led the People’s Progressive Party until he was overthrown in a military coup in 1994.
De Gaulle -  Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970). French politician and resistance leader, served as President from 1959 to 1969.
Decision of South Africa to leave the Commonwealth -  South Africa left the Commonwealth in 1961 after being condemned for its apartheid policies and facing expulsion.
Defiance Campaign -  The Defiance Campaign against Unjust Laws was a national action implemented by the African National Congress in South Africa, December 1951. The Campaign called for non-cooperation with those laws considered unjust and discriminatory in the apartheid state, advocating instead full democratic rights for every person, irrespective of the colour of their skin. Some 8,500 people were imprisoned during the demonstrations which followed in 1952.
Delhi in 1983 -  The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was held in New Delhi in 1983.
Deng Xiao Ping -  Deng Xiao Ping (1904-97). Chinese politician and an important figure in moving China towards a market economy after the death of Mao.
Denis Greenhill -  Denis Arthur Greenhill, Baron Greenhill of Harrow, (1913-2000) was a British diplomat and politician who served as Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Head of the Diplomatic Service from 1969 to 1973. Greenhill had held diplomatic appointments in the United States and was Britain’s special envoy to Rhodesia in 1972 and 1976.
Denis Thatcher -  Sir Denis Thatcher (1915-2003). British businessman and husband of Margaret Thatcher.
- Synonyms: Sir Denis
Dennis MacShane -  Dennis MacShane (b. 1948). British politician, Minister for Europe from 2002 to 2005.
Dennis Worrall -  Dennis Worrall (b. 1935). South African diplomat and academic.
Department for International Development -  The Department for International Development (DFID) is the British government department in charge of administering overseas aid, defining its object as the elimination of world poverty and the promotion of sustainable development.
- Synonyms: DFID
Derek Auret -  Derek Auret is a South African civil servant who spent two decades in the Foreign Service from the 1970s to 1990s. He was Special Envoy with the rank of ambassador to the United Nations, Deputy Director-General of Foreign Affairs in the Middle East, and Chief Director for the Americas, Middle and Far East and Australaisa. Auret was also involved in negotiations around the independence of Namibia and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. He was later chairman of the Western Cape Provincial Public Service Commission.
Derek Fatchett -  Derek Fatchett (1945-1999). British politician, junior minister at the Foreign Office (1997-1999).
Derek Ingram -  Derek Ingram (b. 1925). British journalist and writer with a particular interest in Commonwealth issues.
Deroop Maraj -  Deroop Maraj was a Guyanese political figure who served as Minister without Portfolio, Department of External Affairs, Guyana. He was a leading member of the People’s National Congress in its early years.
Desmond Hoyte -  Hugh Desmond Hoyte (1929-2002) was a Guyanese political figure who served as his country’s Prime Minister (1984-85) and then President (1985-92). Hoyte had previously been Finance Minister (1970-72) and Economic Development Minister (1974-80).
Desmond Tutu -  Desmond Mpilo Tutu (b.1931) is a South African social and political activist and former Anglican bishop who rose to prominence during the fight against apartheid. Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town (1986-1996),
Devendra Agochiya -  Devendra Agochiya. Worked for the Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, as the regional director for Asia, and later as head of the Division.
Diana Delamere -  Diana Caldwell, Lady Delamere (1913-87). Kenyan landowner and member of the Happy Valley Set.
Die Burger -  Die Burger is a South African Afrikaans-language daily newspaper established in 1914.
Dieter Grimm -  Dieter Grimm (b.1937) is a German jurist and academic who served as Justice on the Federal Constitutional Court from 1987 to 1999. He has lectured at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt (1967-79), Bielefeld University (1979-87), New York University (1996-2000) and Humbolt University, Berlin (2000- ).
Dilma Rousseff -  Dilma Vana Rousseff (b.1947) is a Brazilian politician who was elected President of her country in 2011. Rousseff had previously served as Chief of Staff to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2005-10) and Minister of Mines and Energy (2003-05)
Disraeli -  Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881). British Prime Minister (1868, 1874-1880).
Dom Mintoff -  Dominic ‘Dom’ Mintoff (1916-2012) was a Maltese political figure who led Malta’s Labour Party from 1949 to 1984, serving as Prime Minister of the island country from 1955 to 1958 (as a British colony) and again from 1971 to 1984 (as an independent state).
Dominions -  States that were under British sovereignty, but which became increasingly autonomous, especially from the 1930s, and are now independent nations. Former dominions include Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
Don Brice -  Donald Courtney Brice (b.1930) is a Jamaican public servant and diplomat who served as Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica, from 1984 to 1990. Brice had previously held posts in the Jamaican High Commission in London (1962-66) and in the Ministries of Trade and Industry (1967-76), Foreign Affairs (1977-80) and Tourism (1981-83). He was later Director General of the West Indian Commission Secretariat (1990-92) and Chairman of the Technical Working Group of the Establishment of the Association of Caribbean States (1993-95).
Don Jamieson -  Donald Campbell Jamieson (1921-1986) was a Canadian politician and diplomat who served as his country’s Secretary of State for External Affairs (1976-79) and as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (1983-85).
Don McKinnon -  Sir Donald McKinnon (b. 1939) is a New Zealand politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister for the National Party (1990-96), Foreign Minister (1990-99) and Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations (2000-08).
Don Oliver -  Donald H Oliver (b.1938) is a Canadian politician and lawyer who served as Conservative Senator for Nova Scotia from 1990 to 2013. Oliver was the Conservative Party’s Director of Legal Affairs from 1972 to 1988.
Donald Bradman -  Sir Donald Bradman (1908-2001) was an Australian cricketer who also acted as an influential administrator, selector and writer for three decades after his retirement from the game in 1949. He is widely held to be one of the greatest Test batsmen in history and is regarded as an Australian national icon.
Dorienne Rowan Campbell -  Dorienne Rowan Campbell (formerly Doreinne Wilson-Smillie) is a Jamaican-Canadian development consultant who served as the first Director of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s division of Women’s Issues and Development from its establishment in 1981. She later helped start the Gender and Development Centre of the University of the West Indies.
- Synonyms: Wilson-Smillie
Douglas Hurd -  Lord Hurd of Westall (b.1930), British politician prominent during the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1979-1983), where he acted as Minister for Europe, that office's inaugural holder; Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1984-85); Home Secretary (1985-59); and Foreign Secretary (1989-95).
Downing Street -  London thoroughfare. Number ten is the official residence of the British Prime Minister.
Dr Kenny Anthony -  Dr Kenny Anthony (b. 1951). Saint Lucian politician and leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party. He is the incumbent Prime Minister of Saint Lucia (2011-), a post he also held 1997-2006.
Dr Kwarteng -  Kwasi Kwarteng (b. 1975). British politician and historian.
Dudley Thompson -  Dudley Thompson (1917-2012) was a Jamaican politician and diplomat who practised law in Tanganyika and Kenya and across the Caribbean. Thompson was a member of the Jamaican Senate (1962-78) and House of Representatives (1978-83). He was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Malcolm Manley from 1972 to 1977, and served as Ambassador or High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia and Sierra Leone.
Duncan Sandys -  Duncan Sandys (1908-1987). British politician, Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1960-1962) and Secretary of State for the Colonies (1962-1964).
Durban Summit -  The 1999 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, held in Durban.
Durham Report -  The Durham Report (1838) was a document exploring uprisings that occurred in Lower and Upper Canada in 1837. It recommended the union of the two Canadas.
Dwight Venner -  Sir Kenneth Dwight Venner is a Vincentian economist and financial advisor who was appointed as Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in 1989. Venner was previously Director of Finance and Planning in the St Lucian Government (1981-89) and Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West Indies (1974-81).