The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by all 56 Commonwealth countries to actively cooperate to:

→  solve ocean-related challenges

→  meet commitments for sustainable ocean action.



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Commonwealth Blue Charter

The underlying principles of the Blue Charter come from the Charter of the Commonwealth, which was signed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013.

The Blue Charter helps Commonwealth countries work together on a fair, inclusive and sustainable approach to ocean protection and economic development.

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Action Groups

The Commonwealth Blue Charter works through a set of Action Groups, each devoted to a particular ocean issue. Action Groups are driven by member countries, led by ‘Champion’ countries.

So far 16 countries have stepped forward to be Champions on 10 topics. Action Groups will unlock the power of 56 nations and guide the development of tools and training.


Did you know?

out of 56 Commonwealth countries have marine coastlines
of national marine waters are in the Commonwealth
is the length of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef
Commonwealth countries have 45% of the world's coral reefs
of Commonwealth countries are small island developing states – those most vulnerable to ocean and climate change

Ocean Ministers Meeting

The inaugural Commonwealth Ocean Ministers Meeting was held on 19 April 2024 in Cyprus, under the theme ‘Our Resilient Common Ocean: from Cyprus to Samoa’.

Commonwealth ministers responsible for ocean affairs met to establish the principles, priorities and actions for a Commonwealth Ocean Declaration, and to agree a roadmap which will pave the way for the adoption of the declaration at CHOGM 2024 in Samoa.

Read more about the Ocean Ministers Meeting



Ocean Action Report


Ocean Action Report 2022

This report serves as a compilation of action under the 10 Action Groups, in the context of wider Commonwealth Ocean action, with the aim of highlighting the impact of the Commonwealth Blue Charter. 

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Become a partner

If your organisation is interested in contributing to the work of the Commonwealth Blue Charter, please complete the form linked to below. 

Complete Partner form