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  • Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC (2016 - to present)

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:

    • promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values
    • representing the Commonwealth publicly
    • the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General. See profile

She was born in Dominica and was their candidate for the post at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post. 

In the news

Education is pivotal to the future of the young Commonwealth, Secretary-General tells conference

Education plays a pivotal role in equipping future generations with the tools to tackle some of the most pressing issues, not least filling the skills gap which is a global challenge faced by many member states.

"Educate women to reverse climate change"

Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth’s Secretary-General, encouraged young leaders to tackle the biggest challenges facing their generation at a training event in Scotland this week.

Secretary-General “delighted” with Zambian opposition leader’s release

The Secretary-General was responding to the news that Zambia’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) had decided to stay the treason case against the leader of the United Party for National Development

Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Africa tour

Watch as she recounts her experiences of visiting Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

President of Zambia and opposition leader agree to peaceful dialogue

President Edgar Lungu and the opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to engage in a peaceful dialogue to address the country’s political tensions.

Secretary-General highlights challenges posed by trade fragmentation

Trade governance structures must be “fit for purpose” to address the changing global landscape and benefit Commonwealth member countries, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has said.