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Winners of 2014 RCS Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition announced

12 September 2014

The results of the 2014 RCS Commonwealth Essay Competition were announced on the 9th September. The Royal Commonwealth Society received more than 9,500 entries from over 500 schools in 44 Commonwealth countries and territories. Both the Senior and the Junior judging panels were very impressed by the quality of writing and commended the issues and topics covered via the theme, 'Team Commonwealth'.

Video: Helping every voice be heard - We are The Commonwealth

9 September 2014

Ever wondered what The Commonwealth stands for today? We've launched a video to show who and what the Commonwealth is about in the modern world.

Commonwealth welcomes signing of peace agreement in Mozambique Mozambique Island Bridge

5 September 2014

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today welcomed the signing of a peace agreement between Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Afonso Dhlakama, the leader of Renamo, the opposition political party, ahead of next month’s presidential, parliamentary and regional assembly elections.

2015 Commonwealth theme announced

4 September 2014

‘A Young Commonwealth’ has been chosen as the theme for Commonwealth Day 2015, which takes place on 9 March.

Why a Youth Goal in the Post 2015 Agenda? Why a Youth Goal in the Post 2015 Agenda?

4 September 2014

The Organisation of African Youth and partners recently convened for a High Level Youth Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals from 19th-21st August 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Blog: SIDS 2014 conference in Samoa

4 September 2014

Leaders gathered in Samoa from 1-4 September at the United Nations' International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to help build durable partnerships and secure sustainable development for vulnerable coastal nations.

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General's address to SIDS 2014 Address by Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj to the Plenary Session of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

3 September 2014

Address by Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj to the Plenary Session of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Commentary: Revisiting the wealth of small island states Revisiting the wealth of small island states

3 September 2014

We need to move beyond simplistic measures of development and reconcile sustainable management of oceans with economic and social needs - Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj

Tool for building resilience expanded by Commonwealth

3 September 2014

A vulnerability resilience framework, newly revised and expanded by the Commonwealth, helps small states to develop policies to build resilience and bounce back from economic and environmental crises.

Commonwealth Secretary-General's Statement on Lesotho

30 August 2014

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma today deplored the reported attempt at a military coup in Lesotho

Without partnerships, island states face ‘termination’, says Samoa PM

30 August 2014

Ahead of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS 2014), Samoa's Prime Minister warns of the threat posed by climate change and the need for genuine and durable partnerships.

Young people as development partners for small island nations

29 August 2014

Youth leaders represented at a global summit on small island nations in Samoa have called on national governments to include young people as partners for sustainable development.

Commonwealth and La Francophonie make case for world’s poor ahead of G20  Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and the Finance minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jon Patrice Kitebi, met Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot on 29 August 2014_1.jpg

29 August 2014

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and the Finance minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jon Patrice Kitebi, met Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot on 29 August 2014 to discuss development priorities ahead of the G20 summit which takes place in Brisbane in November.

Building the resilience of small states - video Building the resilience of small states

28 August 2014

Small states face a special set of development challenges, making them especially vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks.

The Bahamas announces logo competition winner for 2015 education meeting Daniel Hanna

27 August 2014

The winner of the logo design competition for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) was announced on the 28 July at a press conference in Nassau, The Bahamas, by The Bahamas Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald.

Nominations closing soon for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014 Nominations closing soon for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014

26 August 2014

Nominations closing soon (30th August) for Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2014

Commonwealth hosts diaspora leadership summit

20 August 2014

The Commonwealth in partnership with Elevation Networks, a youth employment charity, brought together student leaders for the first Diaspora Leadership Summit, in partnership with Elevation Networks, a youth employment charity

Statement on unfolding situation in Pakistan Pakistan flag

19 August 2014

Statement on the unfolding political situation in Pakistan by Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Spokesperson

£5 million raised for children of the Commonwealth £5 million raised for children of the Commonwealth

14 August 2014

More than £5 million was raised for children of the Commonwealth thanks to a new partnership between UNICEF, Glasgow 2014 and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

Commonwealth statement for International Youth Day 2014 Commonwealth statement for International Youth Day 2014

12 August 2014

The theme for International Youth Day ‘Youth and Mental Health’ presents a welcome opportunity for us to consider a subject which is still taboo in too many Commonwealth countries -- Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary-General

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