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Secretary-General reiterates support to the LGBTI community Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

17 May 2019

The Secretary-General says securing equal rights and fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people is essential to achieving the sustainable development goals.

Secretary-General congratulates Belize on successful referendum Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

15 May 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has congratulated the people of Belize on a successful referendum. They voted to refer to the International Court of Justice any legal claim of Guatemala against Belize relating to land, insular territories and any maritime areas.

Ministers rally behind universal health coverage Two healthcare professionals bandaging a boy's leg

14 May 2019

Commonwealth ministers of health will meet this Sunday, 19 May in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss how to accelerate universal health coverage (UHC) in their countries, in order to safeguard vulnerable populations.

Observer group describes Belize vote as ‘credible, transparent and inclusive’ Commonwealth Observer Group Chair, former Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert A Ingraham

11 May 2019

A Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) deployed to observe a referendum in Belize has described the vote as “credible, transparent and inclusive”.

Commonwealth helps Botswana launch export strategy Workers unloading sacks from a ship

8 May 2019

Botswana has launched its new five-year export strategy targeted at dynamic and sustainable economic growth, with the help of the Commonwealth.

Solutions welcomed to measure Commonwealth impact on SDGs Miguel Jimenez Pont, Vice Chair of the UN Evaluations Group

8 May 2019

Commonwealth Evaluation and Learning Week was held last week at the Secretariat’s headquarters in London where Secretary-General Patricia Scotland welcomed new recommendations to enhance the impact of the Commonwealth’s work towards sustainable development

Battling corruption in Africa must be top priority, says Secretary–General Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

8 May 2019

The Secretary-General has expressed optimism that Africa is turning the tide against corruption, but warned the fight must continue with renewed vigour

Secretary-General welcomes Brunei death penalty moratorium Flag of Brunei Darussalam

5 May 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has welcomed reports the government of Brunei Darussalam has placed a full moratorium on the death penalty, inclusive of the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO).

Observer Group re-deployed to Belize Commonwealth Observer Group Chair, Hubert A Ingraham, former Prime Minister of The Bahamas

4 May 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has re-deployed a Commonwealth Observer Group to observe the referendum in Belize. The referendum was originally scheduled for 10 April, but subsequently postponed to 8 May 2019.

Commonwealth and Malta to establish new desk to enhance voluntary sector Deputy Secretary-General Arjoon Suddhoo and Malta's Noel Camilleri

4 May 2019

A new agreement between the Commonwealth and the Government of Malta will promote the sharing of knowledge and solutions to strengthen the voluntary sector in member countries.

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