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A tribute to Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott

25 March 2017

I would like to join with the government and people of Saint Lucia today to honour their son, and to celebrate his life and the immense contribution he has made to literature.

Commonwealth in global talks on gender equality and women’s rights

24 March 2017

The Commonwealth has joined ministers and civil society leaders from across the globe to make strong commitments on women’s rights and empowerment at the 61st Session of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Boosting trade in services within Africa is a win-win for diverse economies

The Hub and Spokes programme provides trade experts to national ministries and regional trade organisations in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states.

Commonwealth Secretary-General statement on the terror attack in London

23 March 2017

I offer my personal and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of those who died in yesterday's terror attack in London.

I Am Able: the Commonwealth youth campaign for disability rights

23 March 2017

The Commonwealth Youth Council has launched a campaign to support the rights of disabled young people.

Young entrepreneurs in West Africa join forces to boost trade and jobs

Release date 22 March 2017

Young entrepreneurs from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone have joined forces to form a new network to boost business growth and address youth unemployment.

We need to act collaboratively to tackle the devastating consequences of cybercrime

22 March 2017

Commonwealth kinship and affinity, and the similarity of our systems of law and governance, will help in the fight against cybercrime, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said today.

Commonwealth calls for urgent agreement on harmful fishing subsidies

21 March 2017

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj today called for urgent agreement on harmful fishing subsidies to protect the trade and development interests of small states, which heavily depend on exports from this sector.

Parliaments and parliamentarians – a significant role in the promotion and protection of human rights

20 March 2017

It is well-known that parliamentarians have a special role in the promotion and protection of human rights, a responsibility which they share with the executive and the judiciary.

UK government backs Commonwealth and Secretary-General

18 March 2017

The UK government expressed its full support for Secretary-General Patricia Scotland’s reform of the Commonwealth Secretariat as the intergovernmental organisation took centre stage in a parliamentary debate.

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