Commonwealth countries are endowed with immense and precious natural resources. These include millions of square kilometres of ocean space and rich fields of gas and oil, minerals and metals, as well as endless renewable reserves in wind and solar energy.
When managed equitably and sustainably, the exploitation of natural resources bolsters national and natural resilience to economic and social crises, improving prosperity for all citizens.
The Commonwealth Secretariat assists its member countries to sustainably manage their natural resources, in the ocean and on land, for the benefit of present and future generations.
We offer governments legal and technical support to develop policies and laws and strengthen national institutions. In collaboration with development partners, we deliver creative solutions for the benefit of our member countries as they seek to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
Experts from the Commonwealth will this week provide a preview of an ambitious new initiative to support member countries rebuild and sustainably manage their marine resources.
The Commonwealth Secretariat and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will join forces at the Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A blog by Jeff Ardron, Adviser on Ocean Governance at the Commonwealth.