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Commonwealth Secretariat

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The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

Our work promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and a champion for youth empowerment. 

Priority areas of work are agreed at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, which occur every two years. The next summit is in Malta in 2015.

The Secretariat is structured into divisions and units:

  • Economic Policy Division
  • Governance and Natural Resources Division
  • Health and Education Unit
  • Human Rights Unit
  • Political Division
  • Rule of Law Division
  • Trade and Debt Division
  • Youth Affairs Division

 

For more information, please contact us

Our management

  • Kamalesh Sharma

    Commonwealth Secretary-General

    The Secretary-General is responsible for publicly representing the Commonwealth, promoting it values and managing the Commonwealth Secretariat.

  • Gary Dunn
    Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General

    Deodat Maharaj
    Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General

What we do

The Commonwealth Secretariat has a strong track record of negotiating collective solutions on sensitive and important political and economic issues.

It delivers policy development, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries, often partnering with other international and Commonwealth organisations to deliver its work.

The Commonwealth Secretariat's work includes: organising meetings for members to discuss global and Commonwealth issues; promoting members’ interests at international forums; offering advice; providing experts who share their skills and experience with governments and institutions.