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Globally, the number of climate disasters has tripled since 1980, while, hot weather in 2016 broke the historic record set in 2015. Climate change threatens all nations and peoples regardless of their location or economy. The Commonwealth represents 53 countries many of these are least developed; small or most vulnerable to climate change.

The Commonwealth has long been on the frontline in supporting its small member states through global advocacy on policy level. From the Commonwealth Langkawi Declaration on the Environment in 1989 to the 2015 climate commitment by leaders in Malta, it has intervened to strengthen the voice of small states and unite its members to address this existential threat.

Blog: Leading the fight from above: Space technologies for enhanced climate action Earth seen from space

In an increasingly changing environment and warming climate which threatens the very existence of mankind, good data and information on exactly what is happening has never been more important.

Secretary-General vows to help The Bahamas on climate crisis during visit to hurricane hit islands Commonwealth Secretary-General with The Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister in Abaco after Hurricane Dorian seeing the devastation

The Secretary-General has expressed solidarity with the people of The Bahamas in a visit to the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama which were hit by Hurricane Dorian last month.

Blog: Leading the fight from above: Space technologies for enhanced climate action Earth seen from space

“We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change. Climate change is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later, before it is too late”. United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at UNFCCC, COP 24

Secretary-General: fast-track action on ocean health ‘before it is too late’ Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Commonwealth Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, Nicholas Hardman-Mountford, at the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo, Norway

The Commonwealth is working to establish a fund to help member countries take practical action on ocean sustainability. Ministers leading Commonwealth Blue Charter action groups met in Oslo with marine experts, investors and philanthropists to discuss the shape of the proposed fund. 

Game on! Commonwealth steps up battle on climate change with regenerative solutions model Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland launching common earth at marlborough House

The Commonwealth has launched a regenerative climate change model that marries the ancient wisdom of indigenous groups with emerging innovations, technologies and scientific approaches. Common Earth, is the programme that will create a network of projects that could be replicated and adapted to any community, country or region.

Commonwealth enters new partnership to enhance climate action in small states Earth observation from space

The Commonwealth has entered into an innovative partnership with a UN agency to enhance climate action and disaster preparedness via satellite earth observation.