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Grenada: Commonwealth strengthens participation in the work of the Human Rights Council

2 November 2017

It was November 2014, and Grenada was already one month overdue in submitting its national report for the Universal Periodic Review under the UN Human Rights Council. I was the official responsible for ensuring the report was completed – so I was under pressure. One month after the deadline, I hadn’t begun collecting data or drafting the text. 

Hurricane Irma victims crying out for action on climate change

2 November 2017

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland praised the resilience and resolve of Antiguans and Barbudans as she attended an independence day celebration and visited a shelter for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

Commonwealth Youth Work Week 2017

6 November 2017 to 12 November 2017

Youth Work Week provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of youth development workers and their positive and enduring impact on young people.

Secretary-General commits to ongoing Zambia assistance

31 October 2017

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland yesterday received Hakainde Hichilema, leader of the main opposition political party in Zambia, who paid a courtesy call on her at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

Secretary-General: ‘Let us not forget hurricane victims in the Caribbean’

Release date 31 October 2017

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is urging the international community to keep devastated islands in the Caribbean high on its agenda as she heads to Antigua and Barbuda today.

Rwanda’s use of sport in the post-genocide reconciliation process praised by Secretary-General

30 October 2017

The launch of Rwanda’s first ever cricket stadium and its continuing efforts to use sport as part of the reconciliation process have been praised by the Commonwealth Secretary-General.

‘In uncertain times we can learn from our Commonwealth family’ says Rwanda president

30 October 2017

The President of Rwanda has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the Commonwealth, and cited its increasing significance at a time of global uncertainty.

Spotlight on Geneva: Small states trade project ‘vital for recovery and economic development’

26 October 2017

Ambassadors of Commonwealth countries in Geneva say the Secretariat’s Small States Office gives them a voice on the world stage. 

Commonwealth statement on Kenya elections

25 October 2017

A Commonwealth spokesperson said, "We are sending a mission to Kenya. Commonwealth staff are already on the ground. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is clear that whatever the position, we will need peaceful dialogue and having friends of Kenya in situ will help to ensure that happens."

Law Ministers Meeting ends with pledge to reform key legislation

Release date 23 October 2017

Commonwealth citizens are set to benefit from improved legal services in a range of areas as law ministers ended their meeting in The Bahamas with a package of agreements and pledges.