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Governance

Good governance, strong democracy, rule of law, protection of human rights and respect for diversity are Commonwealth values.

The Commonwealth Secretariat works with member countries to resolve conflicts or tensions. We help consolidate good governance and strengthen confidence in public institutions.

We work with governments and partners in civil society to strengthen the protection and promotion of human rights globally.

We assist governments to tackle systemic corruption by supporting the sharing of best practices, training and capacity-building. 

We support international and national strategies to counter violent extremism and to reduce the vulnerabilities of at-risk communities.

Ministers release statement on Guyana border controversy  Ministerial Guyana group UNGA New York Guyana foreign affairs minister carl greenidge Canada High Commissioner Janice Charette

The Commonwealth Ministerial Group on Guyana today met at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Ministerial committee releases statement on Belize border dispute Belize Ministerial Committee New York UNGA chair is barbados foreign minister jerome walcott

Today the Commonwealth Ministerial Committee on Belize convened at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

New book will help East African judges handle cases of violence against women The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth with delegates holding case law handbook

A Commonwealth handbook launched today will help East African judicial officers proactively handle cases of violence against women and girls (VAWG), which affects up to one in three women in their lifetime.

Strengthening election cybersecurity in the Commonwealth Attendees at the expert review meeting on election cyber security in the Commonwealth

A project to enhance Commonwealth countries’ capacity in election cybersecurity is underway. A Commonwealth Guide on Election Cybersecurity is being developed to support Election Management Bodies (EMBs) to manage risks associated with the use of technologies in elections.