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Commonwealth conference will accelerate efforts to help small states better respond to disasters

27 March 2019

A Commonwealth conference to strengthen small states’ access to disaster finance and help build their resilience against external shocks, has started in Samoa today.

Public service must rethink development strategies, says Secretary-General

26 March 2019

Commonwealth countries must rethink their approach to delivering public services if sustainable development is to be achieved, according to the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

Commonwealth group to observe Maldives parliamentary elections

26 March 2019

Former Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding will lead a Commonwealth group to observe Maldives Parliamentary Elections next month. Despite withdrawing from the Commonwealth in 2016, Maldives recently expressed an interest in re-joining. As part of this process, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has requested a group observe the vote, scheduled for 6 April.

Small states better prepared to unlock development assistance for disaster resilience

26 March 2019

Officials from small states have completed specially-designed training aimed at strengthening their skills in disaster risk financing. The two-day session in Samoa on disaster finance and disaster risk management was the first such activity delivered by the Commonwealth in partnership with the World Bank.

Civil service chiefs to meet on emerging challenges, opportunities

22 March 2019

Top civil service officials from across the Commonwealth will convene next week to look at how the public service can better respond to changing global dynamics and trends.

Group deployed to observe Solomon Islands national general election

22 March 2019

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will deploy a team to observe the Solomon Islands National General Election to be held on 3 April 2019. The group will be led by Sato Kilman Livtuvanu, former Prime Minister of Vanuatu, and will comprise ten eminent persons drawn from across the regions of the Commonwealth.

Experts helping Samoa launch new debt management system

21 March 2019

Samoa and the Cook Islands are working with the Commonwealth to improve their national debt management databases. 

Digital Connectivity group holds first meeting in South Africa

19 March 2019

An initiative to boost trade by improving digital connectivity in the Commonwealth has got underway in South Africa.

Commonwealth offers closer cooperation to help ACP Group realise ‘full potential’

19 March 2019

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s support for the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, while urging deeper collaboration to boost their trade and development potential.

Secretary-General expresses sympathy and concern for Southern Africa flood victims

18 March 2019

Responding to the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai and flooding affecting several countries in Southern Africa, in particular Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland has expressed great concern and sympathy for the people and communities suffering.