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  • Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC (2016 - to present)

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:

    • promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values
    • representing the Commonwealth publicly
    • the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General. See profile

She was born in Dominica and was their candidate for the post at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post. 

In the news

Indian high commissioner appreciative of India-Commonwealth trade links

The Indian high commissioner, His Excellency Mr. Y.K. Sinha, paid a call on Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at Marlborough House today.

Faith-based universities have role to play in countering extremism

“Violence can be defeated,” said Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today, as she backed university-led initiatives to build a more tolerant and peaceful Commonwealth.

Canada mosque attack condemned by Commonwealth Secretary-General

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has today condemned a gun attack on a mosque in Québec City, Canada, which claimed the lives of six people.

Human rights high on agenda for speakers of parliament

A delegation of more than 30 speakers and parliamentary officials met with Secretary-General Patricia Scotland last week to hear her plans and share advice on how to best work together to achieve equality.

Sri Lanka’s foreign affairs minister meets Commonwealth Secretary-General

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera has expressed hope that the Commonwealth will continue to fight for the values that have strengthened Sri Lanka in recent times, such as human rights, rule of law and democracy.