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Kenyan named Commonwealth Photographer of the Year 2016

Release date 9 May 2016

A striking photo of a Maasai man playing cricket on the plains of Doldol, Kenya is the winning image of the 2016 Commonwealth Photography Competition

Pacific islands boost electoral standards with Commonwealth support

Release date 9 May 2016

Electoral commissions from across the Pacific are gathering in Fiji for three days from 9-11 May to discuss ways in which electoral integrity can be promoted within the region.

New Commonwealth judicial book targets violence against women in Asia

Release date 3 May 2016

Judges and human rights experts from Commonwealth countries in Asia will meet in Bangkok to develop a judicial resource book to help them handle cases involving violence against women and girls.

Commonwealth announces new app to fight cross-border crime

Release date 2 May 2016

The Commonwealth announced a new project today to develop a “blockchain” app to combat cross-border crime.

Commonwealth foreign ministers seek ‘clear, measurable progress’ on Maldives

Release date 20 April 2016

The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group has called for “clear, measurable progress” in Maldives.

Commonwealth to tackle corruption with kitemark and office for justice reform

Release date 18 April 2016

Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC today announced plans to launch a new Commonwealth ‘kitemark’ against corruption, alongside an Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform to help countries enhance policy-making and legislation.

Africa consultation seeks to improve trade prospects for the region

Release date 13 April 2016

Trade experts and policymakers will meet in Lusaka, Zambia (14-15 April) to consider outcomes from last year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi.

Focus on early intervention to counter violent extremism, says Secretary-General

Release date 8 April 2016

Addressing a major United Nations conference in Geneva, Secretary-General Scotland pledged the Commonwealth’s commitment to support the United Nations Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.

Commonwealth pledges to deliver on Paris climate change agreement

Release date 6 April 2016

‘No more excuses on decisive and effective climate action!’ This was the message that rang loud and clear as Commonwealth governments and climate change experts and practitioners met today at a Commonwealth Dialogue on Climate Change.

Podcast: Experts debate role of sport in sustainable development

Release date 5 April 2016

Sport has a role to play in advancing national development, policy leaders, academics and sportspeople concluded during a Commonwealth event marking International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April.