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Climate change and the Commonwealth

Climate change is reversing progress on poverty alleviation, economic growth and stability across the world. There is compelling evidence that small states and least developed countries are already suffering the impacts of climate change in a disproportionate way.

The Commonwealth has long been at the forefront of global action on climate change. Twenty seven years ago – and three years before the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 – Commonwealth leaders signed the Langkawi Declaration on the Environment which for the first time collectively cited the greenhouse effect as one of the main environmental problems facing the world. The Declaration recognised threats to islands and low-lying coastal states of sea level rise and other climate change perils through global warming.

Collective action key to halting climate change damage

Permanent and irreversible damage caused by climate change can only be tackled by collective action, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has said.  READ MORE >>

Experts to help set goals for reversing human impact of climate change

Climate change experts focus on exploring practical and economically viable solutions to combat decades of harm to the environment at a two-day conference. READ MORE >>

Commonwealth hub to unlock billions in climate finance for developing countries

Vulnerable small island states and developing countries stand to gain access to billions of dollars of climate finance with the aid of a new Commonwealth initiative. READ MORE >>

Commonwealth pledges to deliver on Paris climate change agreement

‘No more excuses on decisive and effective climate action!’ This message rang loud and clear from Commonwealth governments and climate change experts and practitioners. READ MORE >>

Commonwealth summit concludes with agreement on climate change

Commonwealth Heads of Government ended their summit in Malta with an agreement on new measures to tackle climate change ahead of COP21. READ MORE >>

From the Archive: The Holdgate Report on climate change

Landmark Commonwealth study gave world a ‘wake-up call’ on climate change and sea level rise.  READ MORE >>