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Swaziland bus crash a tragedy - Secretary-General

31 August 2015

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma expresses his condolences

Tropical Storm Erika: Secretary-General pledges Commonwealth solidarity with Dominica Dominica flag

28 August 2015

Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today expressed Commonwealth solidarity with the people of Dominica and its Caribbean neighbours affected by tropical storm Erika this week

Secretary-General concludes his official visit to Tuvalu Meeting with schoolchildren

27 August 2015

Secretary-General reiterates and renews the Commonwealth’s commitment to work in partnership with Tuvalu

Brightening the prospects of young people across Asia  Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj

26 August 2015

By Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj

Sri Lanka's 2015 parliamentary elections: interim statement Group photo of Commonwealth Observer Group to Sri Lanka 2015

19 August 2015

An independent Commonwealth Observer Group was invited by the Office of the Commissioner of Elections of Sri Lanka to observe the country’s parliamentary elections on 17 August 2015.

World Humanitarian Day, Wednesday 19 August Official WHD day logo

18 August 2015

Compassion towards others, and a humanitarian approach, motivates much that the Commonwealth seeks to achieve, and practical action undertaken by our network of 80 Commonwealth societies and organisations.

New export strategy spells more prosperous future for Jamaica A man checks the bananas growing in a plantation

18 August 2015

The Commonwealth congratulates Jamaica for taking an important step to boost economic growth by committing to a second National Export Strategy.

Calling Commonwealth Composers!

17 August 2015

Selected composers from across the Commonwealth will be given plenty of publicity and exposure as part of this exciting musical project by The Commonwealth Resounds.

Commonwealth observers in Sri Lanka prepare for election day Commonwealth  election  observers in Sri Lanka

12 August 2015

Commonwealth election observers in Sri Lanka issue arriva statement

Secretary-General discusses collaboration with the President of Nigeria Secretary-General with the President of Nigeria

11 August 2015

The two leaders agree on areas for possible collaboration.

International Youth Day 2015: Youth Civic Engagement Four youths in a garden jump in the air with their hands raised

7 August 2015

‘Youth Civic Engagement’ - the important role that young people can play as agents of change and drivers of development.

Pacific Parliamentarians adopt the Pipitea Declaration Pacific Parliamentarians

3 August 2015

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the Pacific region adopted the Pipitea Declaration to protect and promote human rights and agreed to support the establishment of the Commonwealth Pacific Parliamentary Human Rights Group at a seminar that concluded today

Tribute to Flora Macdonald (1926 – 2015) Commonwealth logo

3 August 2015

Tribute to Flora Macdonald, a former foreign minister of Canada and well-known “Red Tory”, who passed away last week.

Appointment of Neil Ford as Spokesperson and Director of Communications

30 July 2015

The Commonwealth Secretariat is pleased to announce Neil Ford’s appointment as Spokesperson and Director of Communications.

World Day against Trafficking in Persons Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

30 July 2015

Trafficking in persons is an abomination and deep affront to Commonwealth values and threatens the very goals set out in the Commonwealth Charter.

Commonwealth Secretary-General mourns death of Vanuatu statesman  Edward Natapei at the Commonwealth Observer Group to the 2012 Papua New Guinea National Elections

29 July 2015

An expression of deep sorrow at the passing of Vanuatu statesman Hon Nipake Edward Natapei.

Commonwealth declaration to end child marriage spurs grassroots action Woman with Kigali Declaration

24 July 2015

Commonwealth declaration to end child marriage

Crowdfunding hailed as a way to ‘democratise’ development financing Peter Baeck, Principal Researcher for Public and Social Innovation at Nesta and Commonwealth DSG Maharaj

17 July 2015

Crowdfunding heralded as potential source of billions of dollars of financing for developing countries.

Powerful partnerships will transform the Caribbean Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma

3 July 2015

The Commonwealth will help to unlock the potential of Caribbean countries to withstand natural disasters and economic challenges through powerful partnerships and meaningful assistance.

New petroleum producers survey policy options in wake of oil price slump  New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group in Tanzania

3 July 2015

A New Petroleum Producers Discussion Group in Tanzania, established by Chatham House and co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat, met this week to find solutions to shared challenges.