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Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

Commonwealth Secretary-General

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:

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

The Secretary-General is nominated by Commonwealth leaders and can serve a maximum of 2 terms of 4 years each.

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the current Commonwealth Secretary-General.

Profile and news from Secretary-General The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Former Commonwealth Secretaries-General

  • Kamalesh Sharma of India (2008-2016)
  • Don McKinnon of New Zealand (2000-2008)
  • Chief Emeka Anyaoku of Nigeria (1990-2000)
  • Sir Shridath ‘Sonny’ Ramphal of Guyana (1975-1990)
  • Arnold Smith of Canada (1965-1975)