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Updated observation guidelines for Commonwealth elections

20 April 2018

New guidelines for Commonwealth election observation have been agreed and released at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) today - the first such update in 27 years.

Leaders applaud Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean action

20 April 2018

Commonwealth leaders today agreed on a bold, co-ordinated push to protect the ocean from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing. Their landmark decision to adopt a Commonwealth Blue Charter will affect one third of the world’s national coastal waters, helping to sustain livelihoods and ecosystems globally.

Commonwealth takes strong stance against cybercrime with landmark declaration

20 April 2018

Commonwealth countries have unanimously committed to take action on cybersecurity between now and 2020, following a landmark declaration.

Commonwealth sport continues to ‘grow and develop'

20 April 2018

The success of the Gold Coast Games that ended last week, and the four-year journey to the next, in Birmingham in 2022, were celebrated at a sports breakfast in London this morning. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland also met with guests over breakfast before travelling to Windsor for the Commonwealth Summit Leaders’ Retreat.

Commonwealth leaders discuss success and challenges ahead

19 April 2018

Commonwealth heads have met in executive session at Lancaster House in London today. They discussed how they could collectively tackle global and Commonwealth challenges.

Environment dominates agenda at Commonwealth Youth Council

19 April 2018

Environmental concerns and climate change were uppermost on the minds of young delegates from 47 Commonwealth countries in London yesterday. It was the largest ever meeting of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Youth Council.

CHOGM opens at Buckingham Palace

19 April 2018

The Queen has officially opened the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A specially invited audience seated in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace was introduced to Heads of Government and senior leaders from 53 Commonwealth Member Countries, as well as the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. Many members of the Royal Family joined the gathering before the arrival of The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by the Prince of Wales.

Queen unveils new Commonwealth Walkway in London

18 April 2018

The Queen has unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the Commonwealth Walkway in London. The plaque will be installed outside the Commonwealth Secretariat's London headquarters at Marlborough House.

Foreign ministers meet ahead of CHOGM

18 April 2018

Ministers and senior officials from the 53 Commonwealth nations have met at Lancaster House in London today ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM.

‘Silence is not an option anymore’: women call on governments to repeal discriminatory laws

18 April 2018

Abolish laws that allow discrimination and replace them with legislation that protect women’s rights. This was one of 14 big asks presented to Foreign Ministers today from the Women’s Forum.

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