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.
Protecting the ocean today is the best way of ensuring prosperity for future generations, says Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. Her remarks came at a session on the Commonwealth Blue Charter on sustainable ocean governance, held on the margins of the 49th Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, which ran from 3 to 6 September 2018
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is in Nauru to meet leaders and other partners this week at the 49th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting.
Cradled in the South Pacific, my home country Vanuatu is made mostly of ocean. The Pacific covers 98% of the national jurisdiction. Here, some 280,000 Ni-Vanuatu like myself live simply off the land and sea. We view the ocean as a living ‘bridge’ that connects islands and continents while sustaining life in all its forms.