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Putting human rights at the centre of universal health coverage

23 January 2015

Leading thinkers in the health and human rights sectors gather at the Commonwealth Secretariat to discuss the right to health in the context of universal health coverage.

Commonwealth Secretary-General comments on recent developments in St Kitts and Nevis

21 January 2015

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today welcomed movement towards holding constitutionally due elections.

Secretary-General’s message on floods in Malawi and Mozambique

20 January 2015

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has sent messages to the Presidents of Malawi and Mozambique following devastating floods in both countries in which many people have lost their lives.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visits Commonwealth Secretary-General Woman and man stand to shake one another's hand

19 January 2015

The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Rt Hon Helen Clark, today called on Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at Commonwealth headquarters in London.

Countries to benefit from “powerful” upgraded debt management system A large group of adults from Commonwealth member countries stand together in front of a London hotel

14 January 2015

CS-DRMS is used by over 100 agencies including Ministries of Finance, Treasuries and central banks, and is in operation in 60 countries –15 outside the Commonwealth.

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 Interim Statement Sri Lanka flag

10 January 2015

The Commonwealth Observer Group commends the people of Sri Lanka for the spirit in which they participated in this important election. The high voter turnout of 81.52 per cent reflects positively on the Sri Lankan people’s strong commitment to the democratic process.

Secretary-General congratulates Sri Lanka's new president

9 January 2015

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today congratulated the incoming President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, on his success in the 8 January presidential election and his assumption of office.

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 Arrival Statement National emblem of Sri Lanka

4 January 2015

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015 - Arrival Statement by Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group

Commonwealth Secretary-General’s New Year Greeting 2015 The Secretary-General stands in an ornate room

23 December 2014

With a New Year ahead of us, full of promise and the inevitable potential for the unexpected, the Commonwealth family of nations looks to the future with a renewed sense of purpose to work for the common good of its citizens in a rapidly transforming world.

The Commonwealth in 2014 Large group of people dressed up as African wildlife perform on stage

23 December 2014

Celebrating the year in pictures

Reflections on the Commonwealth’s relief effort following the 2004 tsunami Two young girls stand amidst the wreckage of buildings next to the ocean

23 December 2014

Ten years ago, a devastating tsunami crashed into parts of south and south-east Asia killing hundreds of thousands of people and injuring many more.

Launch of Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2015 Choir group of multicultural children stand alongside Commonwealth Secretary-General

19 December 2014

On Human Rights Day, at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, ‘The Commonwealth Community Choir Competition 2015 – Music for Peace and Development’ was launched.

Commonwealth Special Envoy to Lesotho releases guidelines on coalition formation Outdoor landscape

18 December 2014

Commonwealth Special Envoy to Lesotho, Dr Rajen Prasad, has published guidelines on coalition formation and sustainability for the southern African country.

Statement by Commonwealth Special Envoy to Lesotho Flag of Lesotho

18 December 2014

Commonwealth Special Envoy to Lesotho, Dr Rajen Prasad, at the release of guidelines document: “Working Towards a Sustainable Democracy: Some Guidelines for a Robust Election Process” - 18 December 2014, Maseru

Pakistan school killings: Secretary-General expresses revulsion

16 December 2014

On behalf of the Commonwealth I express the revulsion we feel at the terror unleashed on children in a place of learning - Commonwealth Secretary-General

Agreement reached between Fiji, Tuvalu and France on maritime boundaries Three men signing an agreement

12 December 2014

An agreement between Fiji, Tuvalu and France over their maritime borders was brokered this week with support from the Commonwealth.

Experts call on governments to step up action to protect the rights of women and girls Four women and one man are seated in front of an audience to host a panel discussion

12 December 2014

To mark Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Commonwealth Secretariat hosted a panel discussion with the theme of ‘Why Rights?’

Secretary-General's statement on Human Rights Day 2014

10 December 2014

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma's Human Rights Day statement, Marlborough House

Deputy Secretary-General meets with members of the Parliament of Rwanda Rwandan MPs stand on stairs next to Employees of the Commonwealth Secretariat

5 December 2014

Deputy Secretary-General, Gary Dunn met with four members of the Parliament of Rwanda on 4 December

Statement on the Commonwealth and Progress in the World Trade Organisation Man stands to make a speech

5 December 2014

Commonwealth Heads of Government have regularly declared their collective commitment to a transparent, free and fair multilateral trading system that enhances trade liberalisation and developmental objectives, while taking into account the special development requirements of capacity-constrained countries.