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Transitioning from least developed country status: are countries better off?

10 August 2018

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are an internationally defined group of highly vulnerable and structurally constrained economies with extreme levels of poverty.

Sri Lanka's trauma of tsunami turns into a defence for tomorrow

10 August 2018

It is hard to imagine that only 14 years ago Sri Lanka was severely devastated by the tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean.

Nominations open for 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year

10 August 2018

The Commonwealth is offering exceptional young people who are making a difference in their communities a chance to win a Commonwealth Youth Award.

“Commonwealth: an excellent facilitation body,” says Sri Lankan Minister

7 August 2018

The Sri Lankan Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Malik Samarawickrama, has thanked the Commonwealth Secretariat for supporting Sri Lanka’s trade facilitation efforts.

Secretary-General meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister in Colombo

5 August 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has met the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, during her first official visit to the country.

Assist us further, say Sri Lanka’s human rights commissioners

3 August 2018

Sri Lanka needs further help to strengthen its human rights promotion and protection. That's according to the country’s Human Rights Commission, which has called on the Commonwealth Secretariat for technical assistance.

Commonwealth observers urge patience as Zimbabwe awaits final results

2 August 2018

Harare, 2 August.  Voting in Zimbabwe’s general elections had been largely peaceful and well-organised, according to Commonwealth observers on the ground.

Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Bangladesh, Brunei and Sri Lanka

31 July 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is about to set out on her first official visits to three Commonwealth member countries in South and South East Asia, during an 11-day trip.

Commonwealth observers at polling stations across Zimbabwe as voting gets under way

30 July 2018

The polls have opened in Zimbabwe in a harmonized election for president, parliament and local councils.  Commonwealth observers are monitoring every step of the process.

Pakistani General Election marks ‘important milestone’ despite hurdles, say Commonwealth observers

28 July 2018

The Commonwealth Observer Group described Pakistan’s General Election as an ‘important milestone’ in the history of the nation, following two consecutive democratically-elected civilian governments completing their full terms.