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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.

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.

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.

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group members meet The Prince of Wales

18 March 2017

Members of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group met The Prince of Wales at Clarence House on the occasion of the group’s fiftieth meeting.

Togo exploring application to join the Commonwealth

17 March 2017

The government of Togo is exploring making a formal bid for membership of the Commonwealth, a spokesman for the Commonwealth Secretariat confirmed today.

Ministerial Action Group hails Commonwealth role in peace-building at 50th meeting

17 March 2017

Foreign ministers on the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) have underlined the Commonwealth’s role in promoting democracy and peace-building, at the group’s fiftieth meeting.