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Hand

Signature.

HCCH

Hague Conference / Conference de la Haye (Hague Conference on Private International Law) 

Health Care Directive

Also known as an Advance Directive, this is a document that lets you give directions to health care providers and family about what health care you want, or do not want, at the end of your life. An Advance Directive is a vital component of estate planning, and comes into play if you are unable to communicate or make end of life decisions for yourself. An Advance Directive lets people choose different levels of treatment according to their values and beliefs. It is a message from you to your doctor, and it excuses your loved ones who would otherwise face the prospect of making decisions on your behalf. Essentially, an Advance Directive lets you lay out your wishes, and allows you to provide or withhold consent for certain procedures.

High Commission

A diplomatic mission of one Commonwealth country in another. For example, Canada has a High Commission in Canberra, Australia.

High Commission

The diplomatic mission of one Commonwealth state to another is called a High Commission. The High Commission generally works in the same way as an embassy, housing the Chancery and in some cases also the High Commissioner's residence.

High Commissioner

The chief of a high commission. Similar to what an ambassador is to an embassy.

High Commissioner

 In the Commonwealth of Nations, the High Commissioner is a senior diplomat who has been given special authority to represent one Commonwealth government to another on the highest level. The High Commissioner heads the High Commission and he or she has ambassadorial rank.

Honorary Consul

 A consulate may be headed by a career consul or by an honorary consul. The latter type of consul is a private individual, normally a member of the business community in the receiving state, who has been appointed to take care of consular matters between the sending and receiving states. The honorary consul does not receive any salary. An honorary consul may be a citizen of the sending, receiving or a third state. A career consul is in most cases a citizen of the sending states, and he or she is employed directly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the sending state. Unlike an honorary consul, a career consul enjoys some diplomatic privileges.

Honorary Consul

A host-country national appointed by a foreign state to perform limited consular functions in a locality here the appointing state has no other consular representation.