Sydney will next year be host to the 2011 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM), marking the first time the event has been held in Australia.
In preparation for the event, the Federal Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, yesterday (21 October) launched the CLMM website, which contains the latest news and information in regards to the event.
During the meeting, representatives from the Commonwealth's 54 member countries will discuss strategies and the future direction of law and justice issues of common concern in an attempt to identify and drive the capacity building and technical assistance needs required by member states to promote the rule of law across the Commonwealth.
This will in turn enhance and strengthen democracy, good governance and development.
"The Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting is an ideal forum for working together to promote the rule of law, recognition of human rights and improve access to justice across the Commonwealth," McClelland said.
This is the first time Australia has hosted the CLMM, which is held every three years and was last held in Scotland in 2008.
An expected 350 delegates will attend the meeting.
Sharma has also welcomed the launch of the website and thanked Australia for its role in the CLMM.
"The launch of the website brings us one step closer to this meeting, which will add enormous global value and also make Australia a hub of Commonwealth life and activity in 2011," Sharma said.
The CLMM will be held in Sydney from 11 to 14 July 2011 and will be followed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in October 2011.
The CLMM website is available at www.clmm2011.org.