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Launch of new report is “a seminal moment in the Commonwealth’s youth work history”

10 November 2017

The launch of a report analysing youth work across 35 countries has been described as “a seminal moment in the Commonwealth’s youth work history”.

Innovative technology on agenda for tax administrators

9 November 2017

Officials from tax administrations across the Commonwealth have this week converged on Accra, Ghana for the 38th annual Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) conference.  They are meeting under the theme of ‘Leveraging Technology to Enhance Revenue Administration’.

New law and climate change toolkit unveiled at COP23

Release date 7 November 2017

A new online resource that supports climate change law-making is to be unveiled at COP23 in Bonn this week. The Law and Climate Change Toolkit is aimed at government policy makers responsible for developing laws that help implement the Paris Agreement.

Commonwealth to observe general elections in Tonga

Release date 7 November 2017

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will deploy a Commonwealth Observer Group to observe general elections in Tonga, scheduled for 16 November 2017. This follows a formal invitation from the Government of Tonga.

Secretary-General pledges to challenge development assistance rules

6 November 2017

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has promised to ramp up advocacy for the reform of development assistance rules which member states say are restricting aid to storm ravished countries in the Caribbean.

The Commonwealth at COP23

6 November 2017 to 17 November 2017

Commonwealth member states will be among the countries at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany.

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.