Latest content: Commonwealth Blue Charter

Below are all latest news articles and upcoming events related to Commonwealth Blue Charter. 

6 June 2024 to 6 June 2024
World Oceans Day, celebrated annually on June 8th, is dedicated to recognising the critical role that the ocean plays in our world.  Oceans regulate our climate, provide food and resources, and fosters the biodiversity on which we all depend.
27 March 2024 to 28 March 2024
Join us for a knowledge exchange event hosted by DEFRA, IUK Business Connect, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, designed for policymakers, industry professionals, and academia, which seeks to foster collaboration and exchange insights on the multifaceted challenges posed by Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG).
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are the main mechanism by which countries communicate their ambitions and efforts in support of the Paris Agreement. Starting in 2023 and every five years thereafter, governments take stock of the implementation of the Paris Agreement, known as the global stocktake (GST). The GST holds countries accountable for their collective efforts to achieve the targets they set themselves in 2015,and tracks the progress made. Recent analysis of country NDC commitments shows that progress is not happening ‘at a pace or scale consistent with achieving’ the goals of the Paris Agreement. Urgent transformational change is needed.
Read publication - 'Blueing' the NDCs: An Updated Review of Ocean-Based Nationally Determined Contributions of Commonwealth Countries
14 November 2023 to 14 November 2023
Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP28, experts and government officials will discuss the ongoing threat of ocean acidification, and its damaging impacts on marine and coastal ecosystems, blue food systems and sustainable blue economies.
In a move to bolster treaty negotiations for an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the UK Government through the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have convened a training programme for Commonwealth government officials.
Read news - Commonwealth Secretariat and UK Government Collaborate on Training Ahead of Key Plastics Treaty Negotiations