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Proposed Blue Charter top of the agenda

29 November 2017

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland spoke of the importance of the Commonwealth’s proposed Blue Charter when she met with UN Special Envoy on Oceans Peter Thomson at Marlborough House.

Legalities of seabed mining explored by new working group

19 October 2017

An expert group of international lawyers specialising in oceans law met at Marlborough House to discuss key legal issues relating to seabed mining in international waters, a frontier industry attracting interest as a result of the increase in global demand for metals.

The Blue Economy comes home to the Pacific

29 August 2017

A blog by Jeff Ardron, Adviser on Ocean Governance at the Commonwealth.

Deep sea mining: regulating an emerging industry

25 July 2017

Deep beneath the ocean, the seabed holds rich deposits of minerals: gold, silver, cobalt, copper, nickel, zinc, as well as lesser known chemical elements like tellurium - used to make solar panels.

A new accord to conserve and sustainably use the seas

20 June 2017

The United Nations Ocean Conference underlined the need for an integrated approach to the blue economy, one which supports jobs and livelihoods while conserving the environment.

Commonwealth Pacific report to shift paradigm on ocean governance

Release date 8 June 2017

A Commonwealth study on ocean governance in the Pacific offers ways to sustainably capitalise on the economic treasures of the ocean

Commonwealth leads the way at United Nations Oceans Conference

Release date 5 June 2017

Leaders from coastal nations and small island developing states from the Commonwealth will surf a wave of optimism this week at a major United Nations summit which aims to deliver on a global promise to conserve and sustainably manage the seas.

Commonwealth urges policy changes to unleash blue economy

Release date 6 October 2016

New research published today by the Commonwealth Secretariat calls for “fundamental changes” to the way the world’s oceans, seas and coastal areas are managed.

Commonwealth calls for global action to ensure sustainable fisheries trade Fisherman casting his net

Release date 29 September 2015

The Commonwealth has called for “coherent global action” to conserve fish stocks and deliver a fisheries trade deal that supports small and developing countries