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Blog: Innovation: a light at the end of the tunnel for disaster hit nations Destruction caused by a hurricane in Dominica

Since around 2010, the Commonwealth had been calling on the international community to look towards innovation. It was a period in which most of the memberships’ small and middle-income countries had become incapacitated with debt, whilst also facing the dire risk of more frequent and severe natural disasters.

Blog: Commonwealth Secretary-General - urgent multilateral climate action needed for security and wellbeing of Pacific islanders Flood in Tuvalu

The Pacific is the Commonwealth region most vulnerable to climate change. It faces intense variations in temperatures, extreme storms, rising sea levels, and is also highly vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, tidal surges, landslides, droughts, forest fires, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Commonwealth highlights students’ contribution to transforming education on International Youth Day 2019 Man teaching a group of students in a school

13 August 2019

The Commonwealth has developed a new education programme to strengthen learning systems in member countries.

Commonwealth pushes for stronger partnerships to strengthen rights of young people with disabilities Group of Commonwealth Youth with Disabilities meeting at Marlborough House

12 August 2019

The Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network has convened its first strategic meeting in London, following its official launch during Commonwealth Week earlier this year.

Commonwealth Secretary-General - urgent multilateral climate action needed for security and wellbeing of Pacific islanders Children in Papua New Guinea on the water in boats

12 August 2019

The Pacific is the Commonwealth region most vulnerable to climate change. It faces intense variations in temperatures, extreme storms, rising sea levels, and is also highly vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, tidal surges, landslides, droughts, forest fires, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Blog: Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa – and what the Commonwealth is doing about it Displaced people in aftermath of Cyclone Idai

Five months ago, Cyclone Idai ripped through the Southern African region, causing a massive humanitarian disaster that affected three million people. More than a thousand perished, while 200,000 lost their homes, many of whom are still to this day living in refugee camps.

BLOG: We are supporting Governments in tackling the devastating impacts of climate change  Commonwealth Secretary-General surveys hurricane damage in Dominica

By taking coordinated collective action, the nations of the Commonwealth can accelerate the mobilisation of international efforts that are the only hope if we are to prevent further detrimental human impact on the delicate natural balance of our planet.

Welcoming peace in Mozambique Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland meeting President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusiique in 2017

7 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, welcomes the signing of a peace and reconciliation agreement between the governing party Frelimo and the opposition Renamo on 6 August 2019.

Joint Special Mission to Dominica Flag of Dominica

5 August 2019

Following a request made by the Government of Dominica jointly to the CARICOM Secretariat (CARICOM), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), to assist in the country’s efforts with various aspects of electoral reform, the three organisations have agreed to partner in a Joint Special Mission to Dominica.

Secretary-General urges action on oceans at Malta meeting Commonwealth Secretary General speaking at oceans meeting in Malta

5 August 2019

The Commonwealth Secretary-General has emphasised the "immense urgency" of taking action to protect the world's oceans. Patricia Scotland joined representatives from the Commonwealth, United Nations, governments and other international organisations at the first meeting of Oceans Ambassadors, hosted by the Government of Malta.

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