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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

Secretary-General marks launch of inaugural UK India Youth Awards

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland paid tribute to the relationship between India and the UK at the launch of the UK India Youth Awards in London last night.’.

The Gambia presents formal application to re-join the Commonwealth

To mark the final step of The Gambia’s bid to re-enter the Commonwealth, Ambassador Francis Blain has presented Secretary-General Patricia Scotland with his country’s formal application.

Secretary-General calls for peace and unity during visit to southwest Cameroon

During the final part of a five-day visit to Cameroon in December, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland travelled to Buea, the capital of the southwest region of the country, and met with key stakeholders, including young people, elders, religious leaders and elected officials.

Commonwealth 'diamond we forgot we had’ says Secretary-General

At a news conference during a successful first official trip to India, she said that member states were realising once again the importance of the Commonwealth family.