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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.

Condolences for terrorist attack at mosque in London

19 June 2017

"On behalf of the Commonwealth, I offer my heartfelt condolences to the government and people of the United Kingdom on the terrorist attack in London today.

Working together to end child marriage

19 June 2017

At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Commonwealth and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights jointly hosted a side event on ending child, early and forced marriage.

Secretary-General mourns the death of Vanuatu’s late President Secretary-General mourns the death of Vanuatu’s late President

17 June 2017

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has expressed her deep sorrow at the passing of Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale

Commonwealth conference brings 400 scientists together

16 June 2017

Four hundred Commonwealth scientists are meeting in Singapore this week to explore cutting-edge approaches to deliver low carbon energy and sustainable cities, and to find solutions to challenges such as climate change and infectious diseases.

Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage - Achieving SDG 5.3 - The role of National Human Rights Institutions

16 June 2017

The Commonwealth Secretariat in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will be hosting the side event 'Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage' in the margins of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council.

Secretary-General extends condolences to flood victims in Bangladesh

14 June 2017

Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, has expressed her sympathy to all those affected by extreme flooding in Bangladesh. “It saddens my heart to hear of such human suffering,” she stated. “My sincere condolences to the families of people who have lost their lives. Once the waters subside, the Commonwealth must come together to help people re-build their lives.”

Secretary-General joins a universal call on behalf of humanity in Montreal

14 June 2017

The Commonwealth’s Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has joined the leaders of the Francophonie, the Ibero-American General Secretariat and the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries to make a universal call on behalf of humanity at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal.

Landmark St Kitts and Nevis youth policy to swing open doors of opportunity

Release date 14 June 2017

A new federal youth policy in St Kitts and Nevis will give young people greater access to education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities

‘Game changing’ Blue Charter to guide nations in sustainable ocean development

9 June 2017

A Commonwealth proposal to create a Blue Charter of principles for sustainable ocean development has been greeted with the enthusiastic support of governments and partners at this week’s UN Ocean Conference.

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